Week in India: Haryana Floats a Tender for 279 MW of Solar Projects, PGCIL to Help Madhya Pradesh Set Up Transmission System for 1.5 GW of Solar Projects, Hartek Solar bags 1-MW rooftop solar projects in Daman and More

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IIT Kharagpur Issues Maintenance Tender for 200 kW of Rooftop Solar Systems

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur has issued a tender for the annual maintenance contract for two rooftop solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 200 kW. (2×100 kW) located at LLR Hall and Mathematics department of the campus. The last date for the submission of the bids is February 5, 2020. The approximate cost of the work is ₹1,27,862 (~$1,795.89). The interested bidders need to pay ₹2,557 (~$35.91) as the earnest money deposit (EMD).The tender adds that each project must be cleaned once a week for 52 weeks and during emergencies. The date of work will start from the seventh day of the issue of the work order.  The bids will remain valid for 120 days from the date of submission.

Madhya Pradesh’s RUMS Invites Bids for 1.5 GW of Solar Projects

The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited has invited bids to develop three solar parks with an aggregate capacity of 1,500 MW in the state of Madhya Pradesh. RUMS is a joint venture of the Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited. RUMS had tendered a total of 1,500 MW of grid-connected solar projects in 2018. However, due to impending central and state elections, the tenders were delayed. The same capacities have been reissued now.

Haryana Floats a Tender for 279 MW of Solar Projects Near Substations Under KUSUM Program

Haryana has issued an expression of interest for 279 MW of solar projects under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program that aims to solarize India’s agricultural sector. Under the Component A of KUSUM, solar power projects of capacities between 500 kW and 2 MW were to be developed by individual farmers, cooperatives, panchayats, farmer producer organizations (FPO) on barren lands falling within a 5 km radius of the 33/11 kV substations. The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVN) and the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (DHBVN) has now invited substation-wise expression of interest (EoI) from developers for setting up decentralized grid-connected ground or stilt-mounted solar power projects of capacity between 500 kW and 2 MW capacities. The solar power projects will be installed within a 5 km radius of the substation and the solar power generated will be purchased by DISCOMs at a pre-fixed levelized tariff of ₹3.11 ($0.043)/kWh determined by the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC).

PGCIL to Help Madhya Pradesh Set Up Transmission System for 1.5 GW of Solar Projects

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) according to which the PGCIL will provide project management consultancy services for a transmission system to evacuate power from 1,500 MW of solar projects in Madhya Pradesh. The solar parks are located in Neemuch, Shajapur, and Agar districts, and the total estimated project cost is ₹556 million (~$7.8 million). The consultancy cost is approximately ₹444.8 million (~$6.3 million). The company will issue a tender for the request for the selection of bidders (RfS) for its solar projects soon. The agreement for providing project management consultancy services is for the internal evacuation power structure.

Hartek Solar bags 1-MW rooftop solar projects in Daman

Hartek Solar, the rooftop solar division of the Hartek Group with operations in more than 10 states, has marked its presence in the newly merged union territories of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu by bagging around 40 rooftop solar projects to the tune of 1 MW in the industrial category in Daman. Grabbing the opportunities presented by the solar policy of the recently merged UTs, that makes it mandatory for industrial units to install rooftop solar plants, Hartek Solar, which develops and provides complete rooftop solutions, right from installation of solar panels and inverters to supply, design, engineering and commissioning, has bagged these substantial orders by riding on its expertise in the rooftop solar domain and track record of keeping up high project execution standards.

UPERC Allows Noida Metro to Install 10 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects with Net Metering

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has allowed the Noida Metro Rail Corporation Limited (NMRC) to install 10 MW of rooftop solar power projects with a net metering facility. Earlier, NMRC had filed a petition asking the Commission to relax the 1 MW ceiling and to supply electricity on a net metering basis. The petitioner had stated that it wanted to install 10 MW of rooftop solar projects at 21 metro stations, depots, and parking areas on the Noida-Greater Noida Metro Corridor. NMRC had also stated that it has a contracted load of 6 MW capacity at sector 148 and another 6 MW of contracted load at sector 83 of Noida.

500 MW Solar Tender Project of Uttar Pradesh Unsubscribed by 268 MW

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency’s 500 MW solar tender has been undersubscribed by 268 MW. The tariff ceiling set for this tender was ₹3.25 (~$0.046)/kWh. The non-availability of adequate evacuation facilities in the Bundelkhand region where the projects are to be developed could be a reason for the lack of interest from developers. 

Adani and Azure Bag Manufacturing-Linked Solar Tender Floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India for 7 GW

Adani Green Energy and Azure Power have won the first of its kind manufacturing-linked solar tender floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) for 7 GW of solar capacity. Adani and Azure won the bids for developing 2,000 MW of projects with 500 MW of manufacturing capacity. The winning tariff quoted by both the companies was ₹2.92 (~$0.04)/kWh. The ceiling tariff for this tender was fixed at ₹2.93 ($0.041)/kWh. The tender also elevated an option for greenshoe where the companies could opt for an additional capacity to both develop and manufacture. Adani, under the greenshoe option, has offered an additional capacity of 1,500 MW solar cell and module manufacturing and 6 GW generation. The total capacity allocated for Adani now becomes 2,000 MW of solar cell and module manufacturing and 8 GW of generation capacity.

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