Solar is big for the Uttar Pradesh state government as it aims to achieve 10.7 GW of PV power capacity under its Solar Power Policy 2017. Rooftop solar is expected to add 4.3 GW to the total. Recently, French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 75 MW solar power plant in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, developed by French utility Engie. (photo credit: UPNEDA).
- UPNEDA has launched two grid connected rooftop PV tenders of 50 MW and 25 MW capacity
- For the 50 MW tender, system capacity to be tendered has been divided into three categories ranging between 1 kW to 500 kW and will be developed under CAPEX model
- Post 35 MW allocation to the successful bidder, the remaining 15 MW will be open for MSME and start-up firms
- For 25 MW tender to be developed under RESCO model, project sizes could range from 25 kW to 500 kW
- Last date to submit bids for both these tenders is June 12, 2018
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The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India has issued two separate tenders for rooftop solar power plants with 75 MW cumulative capacity.
For the 50 MW category, grid connected rooftop PV projects will have to be developed ranging from 1 kW to 500 kW under the so-called CAPEX model.
According to Mercom India Research, tender capacities have been divided into three broad categories: category I for up to 10 kW, category II for more than 10 kW and up to 100 kW, and category III for above 100 kW and up to 500 kW.
The agency will allocate 35 MW to the successful bidder through tendering. The remaining 15 MW will be reserved for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and start-up firms that agree to work on the rate determined. These projects will be eligible for central financial assistance of 30% of project cost or state financial assistance, which will also be available for rooftop solar projects on residential buildings.
Another 25 MW rooftop PV has been tendered to be developed under RESCO model. Projects can be developed under empanelment program for 25 kW to 500 kW category.
Scope of work for both the tenders is the same – it includes design, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of the projects. It must include comprehensive warranty and maintenance of the systems for five years.
Last date to submit bids for both the tenders is June 12, 2018. UPNEDA issued am e-tender notice through newspapers recently.
In January 2018, UPNEDA launched a 1 GW grid connected global solar PV tender (see 1 GW PV Tender For Uttar Pradesh).
Under its Solar Power Policy 2017, the state is aiming for 10.7 GW of cumulative solar power capacity, with 4.3 GW coming from rooftop solar. It released a draft of the policy in June 2017, which was finally approved in December 2017 (see Uttar Pradesh Aiming For Over 10 GW Solar).