March 7, 2019: Solar Energy Corporation of India, a company of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, opened online bids for 42MWh of battery energy storage on February 26.
The invite for bids — 7MW/21MWh each at Leh and Kargil districts in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir — will put the storage sit alongside 14MW of solar generation.
In this past year seven tenders have been issued with a total storage capacity of 84MWh (alongside 78MW of solar PV capacity), according to consultancy firm Bridge to India.
SEC says the market holds huge potential particularly as the growing share of variable renewable energy — up from 6% in 2014 to 11% in 2018 — creates a challenge in maintaining grid stability.
The company believes that because of environmental and commercial concerns associated with traditional storage systems including pumped hydro, battery-based ESSs will come to dominate the market.