In January, the irrigation department of the state of Uttarakhand invited bids for setting up of 40 MW solar PV project at Haripura (27 MW) and Tumariya (13 MW) dams in district Udham Singh Nagar.
The deadline for bid submission has, yet again, been extended to May 25. Technical bids will be opened on May 30.
“Due to implementation of code of conduct of General Election Lok Sabha 2019, applicable on March 11, 2019, bidding process cannot be completed as per the uploaded schedule. So with the consent of Clause 2.21, due dates are now amended,” read a notification by the Tubewell Circle, Dehradun on the revised bidding deadline.
Notably, as per the tender issued in January, the two solar 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 Uttarakhand Irrigation Department in working condition at the end of 25th year from commissioning date.
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.