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Tender & Policy Buzz India: JDVVNL Invites Bids for 32.76 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects under PM-KUSUM; Mumbai Metro Invites Bids for 7.1 MW Rooftop Solar Project and More

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JDVVNL Invites Bids for 32.76 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects under PM-KUSUM

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Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam (JDVVNL) has invited bids for the installation and commissioning of 32.76 MW of grid-connected solar power projects. These projects will be developed under the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model and will solarize agriculture pumps in various subdivisions of Balotara division in the Barmer circle under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM). The selected bidder will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project for 25 years. The last date to submit bids online is June 5, 2023, and bids will be opened on June 7. Bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of ₹100,000/MW, and a performance bank guarantee of ₹500,000/MW of the quoted capacity must be furnished by the successful bidder.

Mumbai Metro Invites Bids for 7.1 MW Rooftop Solar Project

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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has invited bids to install rooftop solar power projects with a total capacity of 7.1 MW at stations and sites of the Mumbai metro rail project. The project aims to utilise solar power for the stations’ auxiliary and traction power requirements and export any surplus to the grid. The renewable energy service company (RESCO) model will be implemented for the project, allowing developers to own the installed solar panels while consumers pay only for the energy generated. The successful bidder will be responsible for site survey, investigation, design, engineering, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of rooftop solar systems. They will also be required to provide comprehensive operations and maintenance (O&M) services for 25 years. Bidders must pay a tender fee of ₹3,000 and provide ₹13,87,500 as security. The deadline for submitting bids is May 24, 2023, with bids opening the next day.

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Kerala Invites Bids for 1.25 MW Rooftop Solar Projects in Thiruvananthapuram

The Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT), a government agency in Kerala, India, has issued a call for bids to install 1.25 MW of rooftop solar projects across 18 sites in Thiruvananthapuram. The project will be funded by Smart City Thiruvananthapuram’s Solar City initiative, and the successful bidder will be responsible for designing, supplying, engineering, testing, and commissioning the projects, as well as providing ten years of operation and maintenance. The last date to submit bids is May 10, 2023, with the winning bidder determined by the lowest price.

MNRE Directs REIAs to Grant Time-extension on Case-to-case Basis for Solar PV and Solar PV-wind Hybrid Power Projects

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a notice dated May 1, 2023 on “Time Extension to Solar PV/Solar PV-Wind Hybrid Power Projects bid out on or after 10.04.2021 and under implementation Solar PV/Solar PV-Wind Hybrid Power Projects, wherein last date of bid submission was prior to 09.03.2021. However, it has been clarified that these time-extensions are not general blanket extensions, and the REIAs must examine each request for an extension on a case-by-case basis. The REIAs should grant time-extensions only in cases where the developer has taken all possible measures to complete the project, but has been unable to do so due to reasons beyond their control. If the developer has taken no steps to implement the project, such projects will not qualify for an extension, and the project may face cancellation. The developer must demonstrate that they have acquired the land and placed orders for modules/BoP/BoS, etc., to be eligible for an extension.

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PGCIL Invites Bids for 2500 MW Solar Energy Zone Transmission Line and Reactor Package in Bidar, Karnataka

The Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) has invited bids for the development of a transmission line package or a 765 kV class Reactor package for the pooling station at Bidar, as part of the Transmission Scheme for the Solar Energy Zone in Bidar, Karnataka. The successful bidder will be responsible for the project’s designing, engineering, manufacture, testing at the manufacturer’s works, supply, transportation, unloading and delivery at site, including insurance and storage, erection, testing, and commissioning at the site. The completion period for the project is 21 months. Bidders who have established production lines and testing facilities in India for 715 kV or above class reactor can also be considered qualified. PGCIL also requires bidders to have designed, manufactured, tested, and supplied at least one 1-phase Reactor of at least 110 MVAR capacity or at least three 1-phase Reactors each having a capacity of at least 36.7 MVAR, which should have been in satisfactory operation for at least two years on the date of bid opening.

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GAIL (India) Ltd Looks to Diversify with Solar Manufacturing Project

GAIL has invited bids from eligible bidders for appointment of consultant for evaluating opportunity in solar manufacturing. The scope of work would be to conduct a due diligence study for the project based on data and information provided by its prospective partner/SPV. If the consultant’s findings are favorable, GAIL and its partner may move forward with the transaction subject to approval from their respective boards. The company plans to manufacture photovoltaic (PV) panels in partnership with an undisclosed firm, establishing an integrated solar manufacturing project that will involve producing metallurgical grade silicon, polysilicon, ingot/wafers, cells, modules, and solar glass through a special purpose vehicle (SPV).

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