“Companies must submit bids by Sept. 26 to Telangana’s Southern Power Distribution Co., the state-run utility that plans to sign 25-year power purchase contracts with the solar plants, according to tender documents on its website… Companies will be able to offer a tariff at which they would sell photovoltaic electricity. Those submitting bids to sell at the lowest rates will win, according to the rules. Financial bids will be opened on Oct. 7.” (renewablenergyworld.com)
Although there was debate as to whether the project would be too damaging to wildlife in the area and hinder the potential for extracting salt from the area, the political battle subsided and the construction will continue as planned. The driving force behind this decision is India’s dependence on foreign imports of fossil fuels:
“India's imports of oil, gas and coal have ballooned in recent years, contributing to a chronic trade deficit that has dented international confidence in the emerging market. To reduce that import dependence and become greener, India is aiming to raise its solar-generating capacity to 20,000 megawatts a year by 2022, equivalent to about 5% of its power needs from around 1% today” (Wall Street Journal Online).