Another Deadline Extension for 15 MW Floating Solar Tender in Himachal

SECI, for the 4th time, has extended the bid deadline for its tender for setting up of 15 MW floating solar plant at the Nangal Pond in Himachal Pradesh.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has once again extended the bid submission deadline for its tender for the selection of solar power developers for setting up of 15 MW grid-connected floating solar PV power plant at the Nangal Pond in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. This is now the fourth deadline extension for the tender.

The last date for bid submissions has been extended from September 10, 2020, to October 15, 2020, for online bid submission and September 14, 2020, to October 19, 2020, for offline bid submission. The techno-commercial bids will now be opened on October 20, 2020.

SECI had issued the tender for the floating solar project in early July and conducted an online virtual pre-bid meeting for the tender on July 17, 2020.

The project will be developed on a Build-Own-Operate (BOO) basis and power generated by SPD from the above project has been provisioned to be sold to the Buying Entity, i.e. Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). BBMB will enter into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the successful Bidder selected by SECI based on this RfS for the purchase of floating solar power for a period of 25 years.

As per the Request for Selection (RfS), the maximum levelised tariff payable to the Project Developer is fixed at Rs 3.41/ kWh for 25 years. This shall be inclusive of all statutory taxes, duties, levies, cess applicable as on the last date of bid submission.

The scope of work for the selected developer will include the setting up of the floating solar PV project including the transmission network up to the interconnection/ delivery point, at its own cost, and in accordance with the provisions of this RfS document. All approvals, permits, and clearances required for setting up of the project including those required from state government and local bodies upto the delivery point shall also be in the scope of the SPD.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for