SECI opens tender for 1.07 GW grid-connected solar in Rajasthan

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The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for setting up an aggregate 1070 MW of grid-connected solar capacity in Rajasthan. The projects—to be set up on a ‘build-own-operate’ basis—can be located anywhere in the State.

SECI shall enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the successful bidder for 25 years and sell the power procured to the state buying entity, i.e. Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL).

The selection of projects would be technology agnostic, which means crystalline silicon, thin-film or CPV—with or without trackers—can be installed.

Already commissioned projects will not be considered. However, projects under construction or projects that are not yet commissioned will be considered in case these projects are not already accepted under any other central or state schemes.

Capacity 

Developers can submit a single bid for any quantity from 10 MW to whole of the tendered capacity (1070 MW), which shall be quoted only in integral values. The minimum project size shall be 10 MW and a maximum 1070 MW.

Bidders shall quote a single tariff for all the projects applied for, which shall be applicable for the term of the PPA.

The projects can be located anywhere in the State of Rajasthan. They should be designed for interconnection with the nearest substation of the State Transmission Utility (STU) at a voltage level of 33 kV or above. The developer shall set up the solar project, including a dedicated transmission network to the interconnection/delivery point, at its own cost.

Bidders are free to choose the STU substations for the interconnection of the project to the grid.

The commissioning period is 18 months from the effective date of the PPA.

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