Uttarakhand tenders 40.84 MW solar project at two dams

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Uttarakhand Irrigation Department (UID) has invited solar power developers to set up 40.84 MW grid connected project on the periphery of dams Tumaria and Haripura near Kashipur in the state of Uttarakhand.

The projects will be awarded on the basis of tariff-based competitive bidding process. Only a single bid from any bidder is allowed. Tariff quoted has to be less than or equal to Rs 4.29 per kWh. Also, developers are required to quote single, fixed tariff for 25 years. Bids with different tariff every year will not be considered.

The projects are to be developed under build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model, which means the project will be handed over to the UID in working condition at the end of 25th year from commissioning date. The Irrigation Department will provide the required land for the solar project. The entire cost of transmission including cost of construction of line, wheeling charges, and losses will be borne by the project developer. The minimum annual capacity utilization factor will be 19%.

The plant must be commissioned within 12 months from the date of signing of the power purchase agreement (PPA). Part commissioning is allowed, provided the minimum capacity is 20 MW. However, irrespective of the dates of part commissioning or full commissioning, the PPA will remain in force for a period of 25 years from the scheduled commissioning date.