Another bidding extension for 275 MW Uttar Pradesh tender

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The bidding deadline—for the grid-connected project at UP Solar Park—was originally set for October 4 but has now been extended until October 18.

Bids for the project were invited by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in August this year. The project—to be set up on ‘build-own-operate’ basis—shall come up in the Jalaun District’s 4 locations (225 MW) and Kanpur Dehat (50 MW).

SECI shall enter into a power purchase agreement with the successful bidder for a period of 25 years. Power procured by SECI from the project has been provisioned to be sold to the state Discom Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited.

The maximum tariff payable to the project developer is fixed at Rs2.93/kWh for 25 years.

State-level target

Uttar Pradesh had solar capacity of 875 MW at the end of 2018, which it aims to increase to 10,700 MW by 2022 and 23,500 MW by 2030. It plans to commission 1.5 GW of new solar generation capacity this year, according to Brajesh Pathak, state minister for the Department of Additional Sources of Energy.

“We are confident … of meeting our target in time,” said Pathak in New Delhi. “We aim to generate 4.3 GW through rooftop solar installations. At present, solar power plants [totalling] 150 MW are running successfully. Tenders for 1.5 GW [of] solar plants have been done and by next year they will be commissioned as well.”