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Indian 3rd auction for government only solar – likely to fail

India has formally put out its 1.5 GW auction which has to use Indian manufactured solar modules – but has only managed to bypass WTO rules by insisting that all the energy must be used by companies owned by the central government. Developers were told by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) that they can bid for as much or as little as they want from 1 MW to 1.5 GW. That final provision is perhaps because of the continual failure of Indian solar auctions to attract sufficient bidders to fill out each auction. Last week we reported on one auction from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) which attracted zero bidders for 1.2 GW of solar energy although…

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