Tender for 500 MW Solar Power Projects Issued in Gujarat

Tender for 500 MW Solar Power Projects Issued in Gujarat

GUVNL has issued a tender for the purchase of power from 500 MW grid-connected solar PV power projects to be set up in Gujarat (Phase VIII).

500 MW Solar Gujarat

The Gujarat Urja Vika s Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has issued a tender, inviting bids from eligible parties for the purchase of power from 500 MW grid-connected solar PV power projects to be set up in Gujarat (Phase VIII).

The scope of work for the successful bidders will include the setting up of solar PV power project(s) including the transmission network up to the 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 connectivity and land registration) and those required from State Government and local bodies shall also be in the scope of the successful bidder

The last date for bid submission is March 7, 2019, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on March 9, 2019. The financial bids for all technically cleared bidders will be opened on March 18, 2019, and will be followed by the e-reverse auction. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for February 20, 2019, to address the concerns raised by the prospective bidders.

All bidders must submit an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 4 lakh per MW of bid capacity along with their response to the Request for Selection (RfS).

The objective for issuance of the tender is to fulfill the renewable power purchase obligation (RPO) and to meet the future requirements of Discoms, GUVNL intends to procure solar power up to a capacity of 500 MW (Phase VIII). GUVNL shall enter into PPA with successful bidders for a period of 25 years from the scheduled commercial operation date of the project. The maximum tariff payable to the selected bidder shall be Rs 2.65/ unit.

As per the RfS, the selection of projects would be technology agnostic within the technology mentioned above. Crystalline silicon or thin-film etc., with or without trackers can be installed. Only commercially established and operational technologies can be used, minimise the technology risk and achieve the timely commissioning of the Projects.

Furthermore, Projects under construction, projects which are not yet commissioned and projects already commissioned but do not have any long-term PPA with any agency and selling power on short-term or merchant plant basis will, however, be considered, in case these projects are not already accepted under any other Central or State Schemes and do not have any obligations towards existing buyers. And solar projects will also be allowed to be set up in the existing wind farms which is already connected to the grid subject to availability of spare capacity for RE integration.

The minimum project capacity that can be awarded under the tender shall be 25 MW.

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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.