Pictured is Kandraur Bridge in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. Nangal Pond in Bilaspur is where the 15 MW floating solar power plant needs to come up, as per SECI’s tender documents. (Photo Credit: District Administration Bilaspur)
- SECI is seeking interested bidders for a 15 MW grid connected floating solar tender
- Issued on behalf of BBMB, the tender seeks to establish the project at Nangal Pond in District Bilaspur of Himachal Pradesh
- Only a ALMM specified solar cells and modules can be used for this project
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The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a request for selection (RFS) round for a 15 MW grid connected floating solar PV plant in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The tender has been issued on behalf of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) that will sign a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the winner.
Solar cells and modules to be deployed for this project will need to be sourced from models and manufacturers on the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), which has specified September 30, 2020 as the date to implement the list.
The project needs to be set up at Nangal Pond near village Beilla in district Bilaspur on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis. The job description includes setting up the transmission network up to the interconnection/delivery point. A single bidder can bid for the entire 15 MW.
The ceiling tariff for this project has been fixed at INR 3.41 ($0.046) per kWh. Bids can be submitted latest by August 5, 2020. Details of the tender are available on SECI’s website.
Mercom India Research points out that MNRE had done away with ceiling tariffs for solar and wind power projects but SECI maintains that a tariff cap can be included if it floated the tender on behalf of the procurer.