SECI tenders 2 MW solar project for army posts in Jammu & Kashmir

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Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for development of 2 MW solar PV power projects—1 MW each for Siachen and Partapur army posts—in Leh region of Jammu & Kashmir. The projects are to be developed on ‘build, own operate’ basis.

Project selection would be technology agnostic, which means crystalline silicon, thin film or CPV technology—with or without trackers—can be used.

At Siachen base camp, the project shall be connected to the existing 11 KV distribution network already set up by Indian Army.  The project at Partapur base camp shall be interconnected with another 11 KV distribution network, which comes under the developer’s scope of work.

For both the projects, the Indian Army shall enter into power purchase agreement separately for a period of 25 years. Commissioning period is 18 months from the effective date of the PPA.

The projects would be awarded through reverse auction. Bidders must quote a single tariff for the projects applied for, which shall be applicable for the PPA period. The bids must be accompanied with bank guarantee of Rs 700,000 for Siachen project and Rs 900,000 for Partapur project. On selection, the developers are required to submit performance bank guarantee of Rs 20 lakh per MW within 21 days of the issuance of Letter of Award or before signing of the PPA, whichever is earlier.

Bidding closes on June 30.