The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has announced a tender for the installation and commissioning of 11.5 MW of grid-connected solar power projects in the Bhiwani and Hisar districts of Haryana.
The 10 MW projects will be developed at the 400 kV substation in Bhiwani and the project of 1.5 MW will be developed at the 220 kV substation in Hisar.
The bidder will also have to take responsibility for the project’s operation and maintenance for five years, which can be extended for another five years.
The final date to submit the bids is April 10th 2023
The tender specifies that the solar modules used for the project should be procured from the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Interested bidders should have a minimum average annual turnover of at least ₹150 million and a positive net worth. The tender also prohibits sub-letting the work.
The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) is a statutory body established by the Indian government to manage the water and power supply from Bhakra Nangal and Beas Projects to the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh.
Apart from water and power management, BBMB is also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the projects, as well as the development of new projects to meet the ever-increasing demand for power and water in the region. In recent years, the board has also been focusing on promoting the use of renewable energy sources, particularly solar power, to meet the energy needs of the region.
In 2021, the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) invited bids for a cumulative capacity of 18 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at four locations of BBMB on a build, own, and operate basis. The projects were to be developed at the BBMB-owned sites in Punjab and Haryana, and the power generated from these projects was to be sold to BBMB at a pre-determined rate.
Apart from these large-scale solar projects, BBMB has also been promoting the use of solar power at a smaller scale. In 2020, BBMB installed a 3.6 kWp solar power plant at the Ganguwal check post in Punjab. This solar plant provides electricity to the check post, reducing the dependence on conventional sources of energy.