Uttarakhand tenders 200 MW grid-connected solar capacity


The 200 MW grid-connected solar capacity has been tendered under type-I category of Uttarakhand Solar Energy Policy-2013 (amended in 2018), and on behalf of Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd (UPCL), Dehradun.

The scope of work includes development, finance, ownership, design, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the project. UREDA will support setting up of the aggregate capacity if established in hilly region of Uttarakhand for the direct sale of power to UPCL.

Capacity allocation

The solar power plants will be allotted in successive multiples of 100 kW, up to aggregate capacity of 200 MW.  The aggregate capacity to be allocated to a company shall be limited to 50 MW, with the capacity of each project being minimum 100 kW and not exceeding 5 MW.

Power purchase agreement

UPCL will sign power purchase agreement (PPA) with the selected developer within 90 days of issuing the project allotment letter. The developer will have to supply power for a period of 25 years from the scheduled commercial operation date.

The projects developed on conventional solar PV technology should have a minimum capacity utilization factor (CUF) of 12% in any given contract year. For any shortfall in units, the developer will have to pay a penalty equal to 10% of the project tariff.

Further, the applicable tariff shall be 50% of the project tariff for additional power generated above the 22% CUF.

Important dates

The deadline for online bid submission is March 15, 2019. Financial bids will opened on March 25 and the list of selected developers published on March 29.

Project allotment letter will be issued by March 31, 2019 and the PPAs will be signed within 90 days of the letter of award. The plant must be commissioned by March 31, 2020.

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