Meghalaya to Empanel Developers for Renewable Energy Projects

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Meghalaya has issued an EOI for the empanelment of developers for setting up renewable energy projects under different models in the state.

The Power Department of the Government of Meghalaya has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the empanelment of firms/ developers for setting up renewable energy projects including hydro, solar, wind, and biomass power projects under different models in the state.

The state power department intends to empanel developers for the development of new and existing incomplete renewable energy power projects on an ‘as-is-where-is’ basis in the state. The key objective of the EOI is to increase renewable power generation in the state.

Power in the state is primarily generated by the state-owned Gencos viz. Meghalaya Power Generation Corporation Ltd (MePGCL) and the power requirement is met from its own hydro generation and the allocated power share from Central Generating Stations. Incidentally, with the Notification of the Ministry of Power designating all Hydroelectric power as renewable in nature, all MePGCL Stations may now be considered renewable (clean & green). There are 9 (nine) existing hydro power stations with a total Installed Capacity of 356.20MW and generating about 1200 MU of energy annually.

With the changing power scenario, where the State is facing power shortages during the lean season and that supply from outside sources cannot be guaranteed due to regulatory issues, grid constraints, deficient power, etc., the State has endeavoured to carry out systematic capacity addition programme through the implementation of Hydro Electric Projects. The state has about 3000 MW of Hydro Power Potential out of which only 356.20 MW has been tapped and 25.5 MW is being tapped/under construction. 

Meghalaya is 100 percent Hydro based with generation of 80-90 percent of Installed Capacity during monsoon and 10 percent in the lean season. Therefore, the requirement of an additional source of energy in the lean season (winter) is necessary. Thus the Government has envisaged the development of solar power parks, and other sources of renewable energy. At present, the development of Solar Parks of 10 MW each is being up by the State at Suchen and Thamar, East & West Jaintia Hills District, totaling 20 MW. 

Salient features of EOI:

  • Power Department shall invite bids from prospective developers who are willing to set up Hydro/Solar/Wind/Biomass power project on BOOT/BOOM/PPA Model in the State of Meghalaya.
  • Power Department will assist in providing Land for setting up of Hydro/Solar/Wind/biomass Projects.

The scope of work for the empaneled developers will include the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, commissioning and operation for a period of 25 to 40 years on the BOOT/BOOM/PPA Model in the state. 

However, the projects would be technology agnostic within the technology approved by the Power department or its designated authority. Only commercially established and operational technologies can be used, to minimise the technology risk and to achieve the timely commissioning of projects.

The last date for submission of EOIs is May 30, 2021, and the submitted bids will be opened on May 31, 2021.

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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