In May this year, NTPC had invited domestic bids for setting up an aggregate 600 MW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) connected solar capacity anywhere in India on a turnkey basis.
The state-run power generator has now issued a corrigendum, under which the tendered capacity is now reduced to 500 MW. Further, the plants are to be located in Gujarat, with the bidder’s scope including the complete transfer of ownership/lease of land in favour of NTPC.
The projects—to be set up under Open category—allow the use of only domestically manufactured solar cells and modules.
The work scope includes design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage, installation and commissioning of grid-connected solar PV projects. The developer shall also be responsible for the complete solar PV plant’s operation and maintenance, including the switchyard and power evacuation system until the ISTS substation, for three years.
Bids must be made for projects of a minimum 50 MW in size, rising in 10 MW multiples. Bidders can offer multiple projects, provided each has a minimum of 50 MW capacity.
The total capacity of solar projects that can be allocated to a company is 300 MW.
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