Tender & Policy Buzz India: OREDA Invites RFP for 500 MW of Solar Project Under KUSUM Scheme; MNRE Amends Guidelines for 12,000 MW CPSU Phase-II Solar Project Scheme; MNRE Grants Time Extension For Under Construction Renewable Projects and More

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OREDA Invites RFP for 500 MW of Solar Project Under KUSUM Scheme

Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) invites request for proposal (RFP) for the selection of solar power generation (SPG) for the development of project under KUSUM-A A scheme in Odisha on Build-Own-Operate (B-O-O) basis. The last date to submit the bids online is June 22, 2021, and bids will be opened on June 24. The pre-bid meeting will be held on May 21. The Scope of Work shall be for the selection of Solar Power Generator (SPG) for the development of Project under KUSUM-A scheme in Odisha on Build-Own-Operate (B-O-O) basis. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Model Land Lease Agreement (LLA) shall form an integral part of the RFP. The Bidder shall ensure the use of solar photovoltaic modules and cells are manufactured and made in India as per specifications and testing requirements fixed by MNRE.
If a developer is developing the project, the bidder’s net worth should not be less than ₹10 million (~$135,999)/MW for the capacity applied during the last financial year.

MNRE Amends Guidelines for 12,000 MW CPSU Phase-II Solar Project Scheme

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued the guidelines for the implementation of the Central Public Sector Undertaking phase II program for the construction of 12,000 MW grid-connected solar projects with Financing of the Profitability Gap (VGF) changed. It said that now power produced could be used on payment of mutually agreed usage charges of not more than Rs 2.45 per unit. According to the amended guidelines, power produced by the government producers could be used on payment of mutually agreed usage charges of not more than Rs 2.45 per unit. Earlier, it was mutually agreed usage charges of not more than Rs 2.80 per unit. It also stated that the maximum allowable VGF was kept at Rs 0.55 crore per MW, which was previously kept at Rs 0.70 crore per MW. VGF is provided under the program with the aim of covering the cost differential between domestically manufactured solar cells and modules and imported solar cells and modules.

MNRE Grants Time Extension For Under Construction Renewable Projects

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) announced a timeline extension in the scheduled commissioning date (SCD) of renewable energy projects considering disruption due to the second wave of COVID-19 cases. MNRE said that all under-construction renewable energy projects which were to be commissioned after April 1 will be eligible to claim time-extension for completion of their work. The extension has been granted to all renewable energy projects being developed under various Central government agencies. “The actual quantum of time-extension shall be decided in due course depending on the COVID-19 related developments that take place in the coming weeks,” it added. The MNRE order, reviewed by FE, clarified that “such time-extensions are not used as a ground for claiming termination of power purchase agreement (PPA) or for claiming any increase in the project cost”.

MNRE Allows Digital Invoices for RE Gnerators Keeping in Mind Resurgence of Covid-19

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in its memorandum has announced that the submission of hard copy of invoice / bill for monthly energy supllied by RE power projects was waived off considering the prevailing lockdown due to Covide-19. The implementing agencies will accept digital copies of the invoices. The arrangement will continue for a period to be decided based on the Covid-19 developments in the coming weeks. As per the latest notification, during the period, in cases involving joint meter reading, where signing is difficult, soft copies of invoices based upon the self-meter readings by the renewable generators, duly substantiated by photographs of the meter reading and downloaded meter data, will be accepted.

MoP Takes Proactive Measures to Ensure 24×7 Power Supply to Oxygen Plants in the Country

In view of the pan India impact of the second wave of corona virus pandemic across the country and the manifold rise in oxygen demand for both medical facilities and for home treatment of patients , the Ministry of Power has undertaken a number of pro-active preventive and remedial measures to ensure that there is uninterrupted power supply to Oxygen Plants by the State Utilities. Ministry of Power is monitoring the power supply to 73 major identified Oxygen Plants across the country out of which 13 Oxygen Plants supply oxygen to NCR region . The proactive measures which have been put in place are Daily Review by Secretary, Power; Round the Clock (RTC) operation of Control Room; Preventive Measures for ensuring 24×7 Power Supply and Technical Audit of Power Supply and Proactive implementation of Remedial Measures. Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO) has also been tasked with carrying out a technical audit of power supply of each Oxygen plant particularly those supplying oxygen to NCR.

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