SECI tenders 97.5MW rooftop solar projects for government buildings

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The SECI, on behalf of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has invited bids to develop 97.5 MW of grid-connected solar projects on the vacant roofs of government-owned buildings.

The tendered capacity includes both CAPEX (capital expenditures provided by the rooftop owner) and RESCO (capital expenditures covered by the installer) projects.

The total capacity under CAPEX model is 12.5 MW, which is divided into blocks of 10 MW and 2.5 MW (for new entrepreneurs). For 10 MW, bid capacity is 100 kW minimum and 1 MW maximum. For 2.5 MW, bid capacity is 50 kW minimum and 250 kW maximum.

For 85 MW RESCO projects, bid capacity is 1 MW minimum and 10 MW maximum.

Bids for CAPEX-mode 10 MW and RESCO-mode 85 MW can also be combined together. However, in such a case, bidders can apply for a maximum capacity of 11 MW.

The bidding—both for CAPEX and RESCO models—has been divided into General State and Special State categories. Special-category states/UTs/islands include North Eastern states including Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep Islands.

In a particular category, there will be only one price for all the bidders (Rs/kWp project cost in CAPEX model and Rs/kWh tariff in RESCO model). For RESCO projects, maximum allowable fixed tariff is Rs 3.5/kWh for general category states and Rs 2.5/kWh for special category states.

Scope of work

The scope of the work includes identification and site survey of roof tops, site visit, solar potential assessment, finalisation of feasibility report for identified locations, design, engineering, manufacture, supply, storage, civil work, erection, testing, commissioning, net metering as per the state/UT policies, and quality control of the grid-connected rooftop solar PV project.

SECI has provided an indicative list of possible rooftops. Successful bidders are required to visit the respective sites and check the feasibility of space including installation capacity in consultation with respective site incharge/owner. However, the entire responsibility of finding the buildings lies with the bidder.

Commissioning

The projects are to be completed within 9 months (for General-category states) and 12 months (for Special-category states) from the issuance of letter of award by SECI. The developers will also be responsible for operation and maintenance—for a period of 5 years under CAPEX and for 25 years under RESCO—after commissioning of the project.