Gujarat tenders 500 MW of grid connected solar capacity

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Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) has invited solar power developers to set up 500 MW of grid connected PV projects (Phase IV) in the state, in order to meet both its renewables purchase obligation and future power requirements.  The minimum project capacity is 25 MW.

The selection of developers will be carried out through a competitive bidding process followed by a reverse auction. Technical bids will be opened on January 31 and financial bids on February 6. The date for the reverse auction will be notified at a later date.

The selected developers will be required to set up solar PV power projects, including the transmission network up to the delivery point.

Bidders can choose the locations and sub-stations for their proposed projects as per the available capacity listed on the Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited (GETCO) website.

Solar projects can also be set up next to existing wind farms, which are already connected to the grid, subject to the availability of spare capacity for renewable integration at the corresponding GETCO or Central Transmission Utility (CTU) substation.

Technical requirements

The selection of solar projects will be technology agnostic within PV technology, meaning technologies like crystalline silicon or thin film with or without trackers may be used. PV modules must conform to the latest edition of the IEC qualification test or equivalent BIS standards, however. Also, each PV module must use an RF identification tag.

Power Purchase Agreement

GUVNL will enter into power purchase agreements (PPA) with the selected developers for a period of 25 years, from the scheduled commercial operation date of the project. The maximum tariff payable will be fixed at the amount agreed upon through the e-bidding and e-Reverse auction; and the PPA will be signed within 30 days from the date of issue of the Letter of Award.

All projects under 250 MW must be commissioned within 21 months from the date of the execution of the PPA. Those above this capacity will have 24 months.