Indian Railways tenders 1 GW ground-mount solar

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The Railway Energy Management Company Ltd, a joint venture of Indian Railways and engineering consultancy Rites Ltd, has invited bids for setting up 1 GW ground-mount solar power plants on railway land along the railway tracks.

The projects shall be awarded through tariff-based competitive bidding followed by reverse auction. The Nodal Railway will sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the successful bidder for a period of 25 years.

Capacity

The cumulative 1 GW capacity is distributed in various state-wise packages offered for award. The bidder shall apply for state-wise full MW solar capacity in packages; bidding for part capacity of any package is not allowed.

The project capacity in state-wise packages can be set up at multiple locations in a single state. A single tariff is to be quoted by the bidder in its response for each package state wise irrespective of the number of projects and each project configuration.

Scope of work

The developers’ scope of work includes design, build, finance, operation, long–term maintenance and transfer of assets for solar PV project and the supply of electricity to Railways under long-term fixed-rate PPA.

Connectivity and long term access (LTA) up to the delivery point at the State Transmission Utility/Railway Transmission system/traction substation is also the responsibility of the solar power developer.

Both the solar cells and modules used in the solar power projects must be made in India. PV modules must be warranted for output wattage, which should not be less than 90% at the end of 10 years and 80% at the end of 25 years.