Uttar Pradesh Approves Bids For Development of 100 MW Floating Solar Projects

The commission stated that their approval must not be considered as approval for tariff adoption. For the adoption of the tariff, a separate petition needs to be filed.

Uttar Pradesh Floating Solar

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved the opening and finalisation of bids submitted by ReNew Power for the development of 100 MW of floating solar photovoltaic (PV) projects on the Rihand Dam (also known as Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar Reservoir).

The Uttar Pradesh Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UPJUVNL) had petitioned the the state commission seeking for the consent/approval for the process undertaken by  the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for 150 MW (50 MW x 3) of grid-connected floating solar power projects at the Dam located in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.

SECI had been roped in by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to help set up 150 MW solar PV projects at Rihand Dam. It was agreed that SECI would be paid a trading margin of Rs 0.07/kWh. The project was divided into three packages of 50 MW each (A, B, and C).

In November 2018, Shapoorji Pallonji emerged as the auction winner by quoting a tariff of Rs 3.29/kWh for part B (50 MW). Part A and C were to be auctioned later.

ReNew Power was the other bidder that had participated in the reverse bidding. It had submitted bids for the entire capacity tendered. However, after negotiations, SECI and ReNew Power agreed that if the company met the L1 tariff it would be awarded the remaining capacities (Part A and C).

Then, the board of directors at the nodal agency approved the tariff of Rs 3.29 per unit for the remaining two parts of 100 MW, subject to approval by the UPERC. After this development, the UPJUVNL had approached the UPERC for the consideration of a single bid for Part A and C.

The state commission has issued a warning to SECI on the development, underlining that it must have been approached before the opening of bids for Part A and C. But keeping in mind the larger interest of the state and the sector, the commission has allowed for the consideration and finalisation of the bids received for Part A and C from ReNew Power.

In its order, the UPERC stated that this approval must not be considered as approval for tariff adoption. For the adoption of the tariff, a separate petition needs to be filed before the UPERC.

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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.