The rate is even lower than the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s benchmark of Rs 6.86 per kWh
The Jabalpur-based MP Power Management Company Limited released the financial bid result of its 300-MW solar power plant last week.
The result is promising as the lowest bidder for the project, Mauritius-based SkyPower Southeast Asia Holdings Limited, has offered to provide power at a tariff of Rs 5.05 per unit (KWh).
Sky Power’s bid is 22 per cent lower than the Madhya Pradesh government’s lowest tariff rate of Rs 6.47 per unit offered last year.
In total, 12 bidders were selected. Among them, Hero Future Energies offered the highest bid price with Rs 5.64 per unit.
Smaller players like DesignCo, Fluidcon Engineers, Narendra Kumar Khanna and Made Easy Education managed to bag 19 MW in total.
In October 2014, India’s lowest bid in solar power stood at Rs 5.25 and 5.35 per unit respectively for two 40 MW projects in Andhra Pradesh. They were allotted to US company First Solar. However, owing to the very low price quoted First Solar was allowed a 10 per cent escalation in the rate after first year.
Reduction in solar energy tariff is raising hopes among bidders that it will reach grid parity soon, energy experts say. Grid parity means that the rate of solar energy will be equal to the Centre’s conventional power rate.
Several companies are taking advantage of reduced prices of solar equipment and installation charges.
Gaetan Tiberghien, principal investment officer, infrastructure and natural resources, International Finance Corporation (South Asia), said, “Bidders have been lucky as they have been able to take the benefit of a fall in costs. But that might not be the case anymore, as costs in solar (power) have stabilised and it could be risky to put in aggressive bids.”
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