TANGEDCO Tenders for 500 MW Solar Projects Under KUSUM Scheme in TN

TANGEDCO has tendered for 1 MW to 2 MW solar projects for a cumulative 500 MW capacity under Component- A of the PM KUSUM scheme in Tamil Nadu.

TANGEDCO Solar Projects Under KUSUM

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) has issued a tender, seeking bids from eligible bidders for setting up of solar power projects of capacity 1 MW to 2 MW by individual farmers/ group of farmers/ cooperatives/ panchayats/ Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO)/ Water User Associations (WUA)/ or developers on behalf of the above categories for capacity up to 500 MW for sale of solar power to TANGEDCO under the PM KUSUM scheme Component- A at various locations in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Component A of the KUSUM scheme involves setting up 10,000 MW of decentralized ground/stilt mounted grid-connected solar or other renewable energy-based power plants.

As per the tender, TANGEDCO will sign a power purchase agreement with all the successful developers for a period of 25 years considering the tariff of Rs 3 per unit as the upper limit.

The last date for bid submission is February 19, 2021, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on the same date. The date and time of opening of the price bids will be intimated later. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for February 3, 2021, to address the concerns raised by the prospective bidders. Developers are also required to submit an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 1 lakh per MW of quoted capacity.

It has been clarified that the project should be implemented primarily on barren /uncultivable land, fallow and agricultural land, pasture lands and marshlands of farmers. Agricultural land is also permitted under the scheme provided that solar plants are installed in stilt fashion and with adequate spacing between panel rows for ensuring that farming activity is not affected. However, in the case of cultivable land with solar plants, the same may be installed on stilts, so that the farmers continue to cultivate the land, apart from getting the benefit of lease rent. 

The PV modules used in grid solar power plants must be warranted for output wattage, which should not be less than 90 percent at the end of 10 years and 80 percent at the end of 25 years.

To be eligible for participating in the bidding process, the developers must have a net worth equal to or greater than the value calculated at the rate of Rs 1 crore per MW of the proposed project capacity.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com 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 iamrenew.com.

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