Week in India: CEL Floats Tender for 100,000 Monocrystalline Solar Cells, Thackeray Jr Mulls Solar Panels and Windmills on E-ways in Maharashtra, 1.4 GW of Solar Projects Awarded by NTPC to ACME Solar, Shapoorji Pallonji, and Azure Power Stand Cancelled And More

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1.4 GW of Solar Projects Awarded by NTPC to ACME Solar, Shapoorji Pallonji, and Azure Power Stand Cancelled

Finally, only 600 MW of the 2 GW solar tender by NTPC will be commissioned at a tariff of 2.60/kWh. The projects awarded under National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) 2 GW auction have been canceled due to regulatory delays. The projects awarded to ACME Solar, Shapoorji Pallonji, and Azure Power for 600 MW, 500 MW, and 300 MW respectively. The developers confirmed the news to a media agency. SoftBank-owned power producer, SB Energy was awarded 600 MW of projects at a tariff of ₹2.60/kWh, which is the only capacity that was not canceled. SB Energy had placed a bid for 2 GW in the auction but was awarded only 600 MW.

NTPC Floats O&M Tender for 10MWp Solar PV Plant at Ramagundam in Telangana

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for the operation and maintenance contract of a 10 MW solar project in Ramagundam, a city in the Peddapalli district of Telangana, for the period 2020-22. The contract period can be extended for three months or part thereof on mutual agreement with the same rates, terms and conditions of the contract. The last date for submission of bids is February 10, 2020. The defect liability for the subject work shall be six months from the date of completion of work. Any defects observed during this period shall be rectified by the contracted company at no extra cost to NTPC. It is required that the bidder quote the rate and the applicable GST separately in the relevant BOQ sheet. If the agency does not mention any GST rate, it will be treated that the GST is included in the basic quote rate. To participate in the competitive bidding process, bidders must have commissioned or operated and maintained at least one grid-connected solar power project at least 5 MW in capacity in the last seven years. Interested bidders are expected to submit an earnest money deposit (EMD) of ₹200,000 and tender fee amount of Rs 2,250. The bidder should also have a valid “A” class electrical license issued by concerned authorities.

Thackeray Jr Mulls Solar Panels and Windmills on E-ways in Maharashtra

State environment and tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray is mulling installation of solar panels and windmills on highways and expressways in efforts to foster environment-friendly solutions by harnessing clean energy sources. Discussing on carbon-neutral Pune 2030 at a conference recently, Thackeray said, open spaces and medians could have solar panels to generate clean forms of energy. Also plans to harvest rainwater along the stretches by collecting it in a reservoir are on the anvil. The water collected could be used to supply drought-prone areas and save nearby towns from water scarcity.Underscoring the growth of EVs for public mobility, Thackeray emphasised that the EV charging stations should be surrounded by clean ecosystem for generation of power and that the scope of the environment Ministry should go beyond regulating sewage treatment plants and filing cases against civic body officials for violating environmental norms. Also the need for urban forests was highlighted at the event.

NTPC to Help Togo Under ISA for Development of 300 MW of Solar Power Projects

To execute the development, the West African nation has identified two separate plots of land- one each of 70 and 500 acres in the regions of Dalwak and Savanes respectively, that will combine to generate 283 MW, according to a news report. As per the terms of the engagement, the scope of NTPC will include selection of the Solar Project Developers (SPDs) on competitive basis for setting up projects on an ownership basis and entering into Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with designated government entities. The scope of project management consultant (NTPC) duties will include presentations to the concerned ministries and other stakeholders in ISA countries for the structuring of projects, management of the bidding process, assistance to bring out enabling policy and regulatory framework for competitive procurement of solar power, roof and land leasing agreements, structuring of the PPAs, and other such activities, according to a news media report. As per the terms of the agreement, Togo will not incur any charges for this project. The NTPC will recover its costs through the bid winners. If the NTPC sees fit, it might also develop solar projects on its own by using its equity.

Adani to Develop 700 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects at a Renegotiated Tariff of ₹3.24/kWh

Rosepetal Solar Energy Private Limited (RSEPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Green Energy Limited has been allotted a 700 MW wind-solar hybrid power project at a tariff of ₹3.24 (~$0.045)/ kWh. With this, Adani Green Energy now has a total of 5.99 GW of renewable energy capacity, out of which 3.49 GW projects are under development, and 2.5 GW of the projects are operational, says the filing. Rosepetal Solar Energy Private Limited emerged as the lowest bidder for 350 MW quoting a tariff of ₹3.35 (~$0.046)/kWh and also offered an additional 350 MW under greenshoe option. So, Adani issued a letter of award (LoA) to Rosepetal Solar Energy Private Limited for 700 MW for 25 years at ₹3.35 (~$0.046)/kWh.

CEL Invites Bids to Supply 100,000 Monocrystalline Solar Cells

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) floats tender on a fixed price basis, with no price variation clause in the tender document for supply of monocrystalline solar cells. Interested bidders should have a minimum of 100 MW/year in-house monocrystalline solar cell manufacturing capacity and submit the quotation in a single packet system. The last date for submission of bids is January 29, 2020.According to the tender, the solar cells must be five bus bar cells with a minimum efficiency of 18.8%. They must be about 200 microns in thickness and measure 156.75×156.75 or 157×157 mm in size. As per the tender, only original manufacturers or their authorized representatives with a valid authorization letter are eligible to submit quotations. CEL has stated that it can also split the quantity and award capacities to two or more vendors as per the production requirement. It is also important that the modules manufactured using the supplier’s cells conform to the quality standards set in place by the government.

HPERC Issues the Generic Levelized tariffs for Solar PV projects

Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has issued the generic levelized tariffs for solar PV projects for the last six months of the financial year 2019-20. The Commission had previously requested major stakeholders to send their suggestions on the proposal, in December 2019. The proposed tariff will be applicable only for small capacities up to 5 MW. The commission prefers the distribution licensees purchase power from higher capacity projects through SECI or through competitive bidding route. Last year, the Commission fixed the capital cost of the solar PV projects having capacity above 1 MW and up to 5 MW as ₹38.63 million (~$541,995)/MW for the first six months of the financial year 2019-20.

Tripura Floats Tender to Solarize 1,300 Agricultural Pumps under KUSUM Program

The Tripura Renewable Energy Development Agency announces a tender for the solarization of 1,300 grid-connected agricultural water pumps in the state. The scope of work will include the design, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the solarization of 2 horsepower (HP) pumps in the state on a turn-key basis. According to the tender the selected bidder would have to provide mandatory annual maintenance for five years, including insurance coverage for the installed systems. Additionally, periodic cleaning and checking of the system, cables, and modules should be carried out by the successful bidder as a part of the routine prevention and breakdown maintenance.

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