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Twelve companies have shown interest in response to the state government’s request for expressions of interest (EOI) for solar power developers to install grid-connected floating solar power plants in four dams across Goa.
According to a senior government official, the government has already got a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the water resource department, and NOC from the electrical department is still in the works.
“We have written to the electricity department for their NOC. Once we get it, the government will float different tenders to set up the plants,” said the senior officer.
Keeping in mind the build, design, finance, and operating model, the solar plants will be installed at Amthanem, Chapoli, Selaulim, and Anjunem dams, for 25 years.
Bidders will be asked based on their submitted feasibility report and concept note. The concept’s technical and financial feasibility will be crucial, says a senior government official. A separate report citing bidders’ financial and technical capability is also required.
According to the senior official, the bidder’s key responsibility is to estimate the capacity of grid-connected floating solar power plants at all locations. A range of work includes engineering, supply, design, erection, manufacture, and complete set up of the plants with maintenance and operations, and most importantly, power evacuation and transmission towards the nearest substation.
The underlined objectives of the EOI are employment generation for the rural sector, solar power creation, conservation of water by minimizing evaporation, and increased solar generation by keeping solar panels at a constant temperature.
As this solar power project will be set up on water, the land area matching the project capacity can be used for other jobs. The cost of land, on the other hand, is not applicable.
As per EOI, the new and renewable energy department will help in finalizing needed areas for building solar power plant projects at all four dams from WRD.