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MPUVNL Requests Bids For 1,250 MW Solar Projects Development Under PM-KUSUM

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Under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) initiative, Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has requested bids for 1,250 MW of grid-connected solar power projects in Madhya Pradesh.

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The federal financial aid will be Rs 10.5 million/MW, which is 30% of the anticipated cost of project installation at Rs 35 million/MW.

The last date for online bids submission is June 7, 2022, which will be opened on June 10. There is no limit on total bid capacity.

Bidders must deposit Rs 100,000/MW as bid security. The winning bidder would be required to provide a performance bank guarantee in the amount of Rs 500,000/MW for a period of 12 months.

Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) would purchase the power generated by the plants.

The power purchase agreement (PPA) will last 25 years from the date of commercial operation.

The scope of work comprises design, construction, engineering, erection, supply, testing, and commissioning of the bay and related switchgear at the substation, along with providing the full operation and maintenance for a period of 25 years.

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Under Component C of the KUSUM initiative, the substation to be considered for feeder solarization shall contain at least one specialized agriculture feeder and one non-agricultural feeder from the 33/11 kW substation.

Furthermore, the 33/11 kW substation should be technically competent in handling the solar project’s anticipated capacity under the feeder solarization scheme.

The solar generator will be accountable for devising the project’s land and accompanying infrastructure, as well as connecting to the 33/11 kV substation to ensure power evacuation by the expected commissioning date or the commercial operation date, whichever is sooner.

To participate in the competitive bidding procedure, in the previous fiscal year, the net worth of the bidder must be greater than Rs 10 million/MW of the quoted capacity.

Additionally, the bidder’s average yearly turnover for any 2 consecutive years in the previous 3 fiscal years shall be Rs 20 million/MW for the specified capacity.

Save for the first year of operation, the renewable power producer will be obliged to meet a minimum CUF of 15% on an annual basis for the PPA duration.

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During the PPA duration, the procurer will not be bound to acquire more energy over the 21% capacity utilization factor (CUF) in any contract year. However, surplus energy generated by developers exceeding 21% CUF can be purchased at 75% of the PPA tariff.

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