Kolkata utility seeks 200 MW of solar power to meet RPO


The Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC), West Bengal’s primary electric utility, is inviting bids to help it source 200 MW of solar power on a short-term basis.

Announcing the move as a step to meet its renewable purchase obligation, the utility is seeking bids from projects with a minimum capacity of 5 MW, to supply power for 11-18 hours per day this month and in September. The requirement for supply this month is reflected by the fact interested bidders have until Monday to respond to a call for expressions of interest issued just three days ago.

Commissioned solar projects with interstate or intrastate trading licenses will be eligible to participate in the procurement.

If projects are situated outside West Bengal, the delivery point would be on the state’s periphery. Projects in the state would have interconnections with the West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company Ltd as their delivery point.

The CESC website states the utility sources 88% of its power from three generating stations with the balance bought from third parties. The company says it serves 2.9 million residential, industrial and commercial customers in a 567km² area incorporating Kolkata and Howrah, and is based in the first Indian heritage building to gain a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

In June 2012, West Bengal set a target of achieving 2,706 MW of installed renewable energy generation capacity, including 500 MW of solar, by 2022. The state government mandated that commercial and business establishments with more than 1.5 MW of contract power demand had to install solar rooftop systems to meet at least 2% of their electrical load.

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