Tender & Policy Buzz India: NTPC’s 85MW UP solar Project Operational; BHEL Invites Bids For 500 MW Mono PERC Supplier For REWA Solar Park; REIL Invites Bids For Poly Crystalline Solar Photovoltaic Modules and More

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NTPC’s 85 Mw Bilhaur Solar Project In Uttar Pradesh Is Now Commercially Operational

NTPC said that the 85 MW solar power project in Uttar Pradesh’s Bilhaur is now fully commercially operational. The last leg of 15 MW capacity of the project was commissioned earlier this month. As per a BSE filing, it was mentioned that -“Consequent upon successful commissioning of last part capacity of 15 MW of 85 MW Bilhaur Solar PV Project at Bilhaur, UP, the unit is declared to be on Commercial Operation from 00:00 Hrs. of April 8, 2021.” NTPC and NTPC group now have a total installed capacity of 52400 MW and 65825 MW respectively. As far as commercial capacity of NTPC and NTPC group are concerned, they are at 51740 MW and 64505 MW in the same order. 

BHEL Invites Bids For 500 MW Mono PERC Supplier For REWA Solar Park, Madhya Pradesh

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids from manufacturers / suppliers of Mono crystalline Silicon PV Modules. This invitation is under a two part bid system for participating in 500 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) Solar Park tender at Neemuch in Madhya Pradesh. 27th April 2021 is the last date for bids. The tender stipulates a minimum manufacturing capacity of 400 MW. Also, it mentions that a minimum of 50 MW of modules with a minimum 300Wp must be supplied in any one of the previous 3 years. As far as sourcing of module cells is concerned, no limitations have been placed.

REIL Invites Bids For Poly Crystalline Solar Photovoltaic Modules Of 305Wp – 330Wp

Recently, the Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited(REIL) has floated a tender and invited bids for contract manufacturing of poly Crystalline Solar Photovoltaic Modules of 305Wp – 330Wp. The bid is for a total quantity of 3250 modules.  The bid submission end date is 26-Apr-2021 whereas bid opening date is 27-Apr-2021. Security deposit of Rs. 5.00 Lakhs is to be submitted by the L1 bidder.

Some technical specifications are:

  • Module Manufacturer should be Indian manufacturer
  • Matrix of cell Arrangement – 12 X 6 (72 Nos. of Solar Cells in each Module)
  • Peak Power (Pmax) : 305Wp- 330Wp
  • Dimensions(LxWxH)- Preferable Dimension – 1972x997x40 mm
  • Installation Hole Dimension ( L x W) CRS – 900×950 mm
  • The glass used for the modules should be a high transmission, low iron, tempered glass ≥3.2 mm in thickness, and transmission should be greater than 91.0%. 
  • The frame should be white anodized aluminum with anodized thickness greater than 15 microns.
  • Each module deployed must use a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag for traceability, and the tag should be laminated inside the module. 1 No. RFID reader is to be provided by the supplier.

SJVN Floats Tender For Hydro, Solar, and Wind Projects Acquisition Across India

SJVN Limited which is a joint venture between the government of India and the Himachal Pradesh government has very recently invited expressions of interest from independent power producers, power generating companies, developers, state electricity boards, and lenders for offering their hydro, solar, and wind projects in India. For the first tranche, the last date to submit the applications is 31st May 2021. Bids will open on 1st of June. As far as the present installed capacity of SJVN is concerned, it is 2,015 MW comprising 1,912 MW of hydropower, 97.6 MW of wind power, and 5.6 MW of solar power. SJVN has plans to acquire hydro, solar, and wind power projects under construction and in operation. Projects in the survey and investigation stage are also considered for acquisition.For solar projects, the minimum eligible capacity is 25 MW and above, and for wind projects, the capacity must be 50 MW and above.

ReNew Power Announces Commissioning Of 105 MW Solar Generation Project In Gujarat

ReNew Power (“ReNew”, or “the Company”), India’s leading renewable energy company, announced that it has commissioned a 105 megawatt (MW) solar generation facility in the Indian state of Gujarat. The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement with the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) to provide clean electricity to the state of Gujarat at a tariff of Rs 2.68/kWh (US$0.036/kWh). ReNew will deploy advanced mono perc solar modules with seasonal tilt structure design as part of the project to ensure greater generation efficiency and maximum utilization of assets at the solar farm. This project located in the Patan District of Gujarat, takes ReNew’s total operational solar capacity in Gujarat to 145 MW and total aggregate Solar capacity to 4.7 GW across India. Since March, ReNew Power has announced commissioning of over 500 MW (300 MW in Gujarat, 110 MW in Rajasthan and now 105 MW) of combined wind and solar energy projects.

Torrent Power To Build 300 MW Solar Project In Gujarat

Torrent Power Ltd recently announced that it will set up a 300 MW capacity solar power plant in Gujarat at an estimated cost of Rs 1,250 crore. The company said it has signed an agreement to sell electricity generated at Rs 2.22 per unit for a period of 25 years. It has been awarded this PPA from a licensed distribution business unit. The project will be commissioned within 18 months from the date of execution of the PPA. Torrent had ventured into the renewable energy space with a 50 MW wind power plant in 2012. It has till date implemented various renewable projects aggregating to around 786.5 MW (648.5 MW wind and 138 MW solar). Apart from this, around 515 MW renewable power projects (115 MW wind and 400 MW solar) are under implementation (including this 300 MW project)

NTPC Issues RFS For 1000 MW ISTS Connected Solar Projects

National Thermal Power Corporation Limited(NTPC) has issued a request for selection (RFS) document for solar developers (SPD) open to setting up Grid- connected Solar-PV Power Projects of aggregate capacity of 1000 MW on the land to be identified & arranged by the SPDs anywhere in India. The last date to submit is 13th May. The power generated from these  solar plants will be purchased by NTPC which will be utilized to replace the thermal power of Solapur and Kudgi Thermal Power stations under the scheme of “Flexibility in Generation and Scheduling of Thermal Power Stations to reduce emissions”. The initial purchase price is Rs 1.91/kWh for the first contract year and that will be escalated at a rate of 1 paisa/kWh per year till the 25th year. NTPC shall also reserve the right to take over the SPV (a company especially incorporated/acquired as a wholly owned subsidiary of a successful bidder for execution of this project) after completion of 5 years from the Commercial Operation Date. The SPD shall quote “SPV Handover Cost” in Indian Rupees per Million Unit (Rs/MU) in their bid. Selection of successful Solar Power Developers (SPDs) shall be done on the basis of lowest quoted ‘SPV Handover Cost’ through competitive bidding.

Coal India Announces Signing Of PPA for 100MW Solar Power

State-owned miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) has ventured into solar power and announced it has signed a first-of-its-kind power purchase agreement for the sale of 100 Megawatt (MW) solar power with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL). This project was won by the company in March in a reverse auction conducted by GUVNL. The tenure of the agreement period is for 25 years.

CIL said it is serious in its intent to pursue solar power as an alternative green energy source and for that it has rolled out a plan for 3,000 MW of solar power generation by 2024. For this, the firm plans to invest around Rs 13,500 crore in solar power projects through the company’s internal resources, Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) and bank loans. The project was secured with a stipulation that it enters into a PPA for the establishment of a solar power project and supplies the power generated to GUVNL within 18 months from the date of inking the PPA. The project requires capital investment of Rs 442 crore, so the project will be executed through a Solar EPC Contractor (engineering, procurement and construction).

NTPC Invites Bids For 1.2 GW Solar Projects

NTPC Limited has floated a tender and invited bids for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) package with land development for 1,200 MW of grid-connected solar power projects in Rajasthan. The winning bidder has to take care of the O&M activities of the solar project for three years from the date of successful completion of the trial run. The scope of work includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing, transportation, storage, and commissioning of grid-connected solar power projects.Capacity should be a minimum 10 MW  or higher multiples of 10 MW for individual projects. The minimum capacity quoted by a bidder should be 50 MW and the maximum 600 MW. 21st May 2021 is the last date to submit the bids which will be opened on the same day. The pre-bid meeting will take place on May 7. There was no mention of an earnest money deposit requirement.

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