On January 8th, 2013 the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh opened a request for submissions for 1 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in the state.

Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd. (APATCO, Hyderabad, India) is accepting bids for PV and CSP plants between 1 and 20 MW, with a limit of 200 MW of bids per developer. The final date for submitting bids is February 7th, 2013.

"After Tamil Nadu failing miserably due to various issues on its 1.000 MW ambitious solar plan, Andhra Pradesh has taken up the baton," notes Ritesh Pothan of Natural Group. "We anticipate that the credit ratings of the DISCOM may play a key role in getting in more players willing to setup plants in Andhra Pradesh."

Capacities will be further limited depending upon the substation to which the plant is connected. PV and CSP plants connected to 33/11 kV substations can have a maximum capacity of 1-5 MW, 1-10 MW will be allowed at 132/33 kV substations with an evacuation voltage level of 33 kV, and 10-20 MW for 132/33 kV substations with a voltage level of 132 kV.

APATCO documents specify the maximum capacity allowed at each substation. Approved projects will be granted 20-year power purchase agreements with an electricity distribution company.

A deposit of INR 2 lakh (USD 3,670) per MW will be required of developers, who will also be required to issue documentation of net worth equal to INR 1 crore (USD 180,000) per MW they seek to build.