Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced an invitation for bids to select project developers for the installation of 10 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects across its buildings in various states. The projects will be implemented under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) model.
The deadline for submitting bids is June 28, 2023, and the bids will be opened on June 30. Interested bidders are required to submit an earnest money deposit of ₹500 per kilowatt (kW) of the quoted capacity. The successful bidder will need to provide a performance bank guarantee of ₹1,000 per megawatt (MW) of the approved capacity before signing the power purchase agreement (PPA).
The total capacity allocation for each zone is as follows:
Zone-I: Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu – 3.2 MW Zone-II: Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana – 2 MW Zone-III: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Odisha, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal – 3.6 MW Zone-IV: Uttarakhand, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura – 1.2 MW
Bidders have the option to bid for any number of zones, but the maximum total capacity allocated to a bidder cannot exceed 5 MW.
The projects are expected to be completed within six months from the issuance of the letter of intent. BSNL will enter into a PPA with the selected bidders within 90 days of the letter of intent issuance date.
This initiative by BSNL aims to promote the adoption of renewable energy sources and reduce carbon emissions. By utilizing its own buildings for solar power generation, BSNL aims to contribute to the growth of the renewable energy sector in India and meet its sustainability goals.