1.07 GW SECI Solar Tender For Rajasthan

SECI Seeks Bidders For 1.07 GW Grid Connected Solar PV Capacity To Be Set Up In Rajasthan; NTPC 1.2 GW PV Tender Oversubscribed By 500 MW
06:56 PM (Beijing Time) - 17. July 2020

Key Takeaways

  • SECI has launched a tender seeking bids for 1.07 GW of grid connected solar power capacity
  • It needs to come up in Rajasthan on BOO basis with ALMM listed solar cells and modules
  • NTPC’s 1.2 GW solar tender has been oversubscribed by 500 MW, according to Mercom with ReNew Power, Tata Power, O2 Power, Sungrow, Azure Power and AMP Solar bidding for a total 1.7 GW
  • GUVNL has retendered remaining 100 MW solar capacity out of 700 MW Raghanesda Solar Project (Phase X)

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids from project developers for 1.07 GW grid connected solar PV power projects to be set up in the state of Rajasthan under Tranche-III.

As per the request for selection (RFS) documents from SECI, power generated by this capacity will be bought by state buying entity Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL) from SECI that will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with successful bidders.

The projects need to be set up on build-own-operate (BOO) basis with a single project having a minimum of 10 MW capacity. A single bidder can also bid for the entire 1.07 GW on offer. Solar cells and modules to be procured need to be sourced from the models and manufacturers included in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

The pre-bid meeting is scheduled to be held on July 31, 2020 and last date for bid submission is August 31, 2020. The RFS document has all the details on SECI’s website.  

NTPC tender oversubscribed

Among more solar PV tender stories from India, the 1.2 GW interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected solar project tender from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) launched in February 2020 has been oversubscribed by 500 MW, as per Mercom India Research. Altogether, ReNew Power, Tata Power, O2 Power, Sungrow, Azure Power and AMP Solar have bid for a collective 1.7 GW capacity.

GUVNL retenders 100 MW solar capacity

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has retendered 100 MW solar PV capacity out to be established within 700 MW Raghanesda Solar Park (Phase X). This 100 MW capacity remained unallocated in solar tenders Phase III-R and Phase VI. The ceiling tariff has been capped at INR 2.75 ($0.0366) per kWh. Last date to submit request for selection (RFS) documents is August 17, 2020.

The 700 MW Raghanesda Solar Park tender was launched in December 2018 and awarded to 3 bidders with the lowest winning tariff of INR 2.84 per kWh. However, the agency found the tariffs too high and scrapped the entire auction. The 700 MW capacity was retendered in March 2019 and undersubscribed by 100 MW. Of the bids received 500 MW was auctioned and 200 MW was retendered, out of which Mercom says another state entity Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) was awarded 100 MW. The remaining 100 MW has now been retendered.

Anu Bhambhani

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