On behalf of Andaman & Nicobar Administration, SECI will select a bidder to set up a 4 MW floating solar plant with storage capacity. Pictured is the statue of Indian Freedom Fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the Andamans. (Photo Credit: Andaman & Nicobar Administration)
- A new floating PV tender has been launched by SECI for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands with 4 MW solar and 2 MW/1 MWh BESS capacity
- Project will come up on the reservoir of Kalpong Dam in Nabagram, Diglipur, North Andaman
- Ceiling tariff limit has been fixed at INR 8.00 per kWh and project will be developed on BOO basis
- Power generated will be purchased by the Electricity Department of Andaman and Nicobar Administration
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The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has released tender documents for a 4 MW grid connected floating solar PV system to be developed with a 2 MW/1 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). This capacity needs to be deployed at the reservoir of Kalpong Hydroelectric Project (KHEP) Dam in Nabagram, Diglipur, North Andaman.
Maximum levelized tariff payable to the successful bidder is INR 8.00 ($0.11) per kWh, and is inclusive of all statutory taxes, duties, levies, cess applicable as on the date of bid submission, the request for selection (RFS) documents read.
The project needs to be set up on build-own-operate (BOO) basis within 18 months from the effective date of the power purchase agreement (PPA). Part commissioning for this project is not allowed. The winning bidder will also ensure connectivity up to the delivery point.
A single bidder can submit bids for the entire capacity on offer with the storage part. The offtaker for the power generated will be the Electricity Department of Andaman and Nicobar Administration (A&NA) that will enter into a 25-year PPA with the bidder selected by SECI.
Last date to submit RFS documents is February 13, 2020.
Back in November 2018, SECI attracted INR 3.29 per kWh as the lowest winning bid for a 150 MW floating PV project to be set up on Rihand Dam in Uttar Pradesh (see SECI Awards 50 MW Floating PV Capacity).
More than 400 MW of floating solar projects are currently under development across India, as per Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker.