NTPC tenders 70 MW floating solar PV project in Kerala

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State owned electricity generator NTPC has invited bids for the development of a grid connected 70 MW floating solar PV plant at Kayamkulam. The project will be commissioned through a reverse auction and will be awarded to a single bidder.

The technical requirements stipulate the successful bidder can use PV modules and cells of any origin – under the open category. Modules must be IEC certified and based on crystalline silicon technology.

The scope of work includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage, installation, testing and commissioning, as well as site-grading. The successful bidder will also have to supply floats for the solar panels and install, anchor and fix them. The plant must be equipped with a solar module cleaning system; a string/central inverter with a minimum cumulative capacity of 70 MW and incorporating maximum power point tracking technology; and a SCADA system for the remote monitoring and control of inverters with all hardware and software.

The developer will provide comprehensive operation and maintenance of the plant and transmission system for three years from the date of successful completion of a trial run.

The deadline for the receipt of bids – techno-commercial and on price – is November 15, and the former offers will be opened the following day. Details of the reverse auction will be announced at a later date by NTPC.