SECI tweaks 100 MW solar-plus-storage Chhattisgarh tender


A Solar Energy Corporation of India tender inviting bids to set up a 100 MWac solar project plus 50 MW/150 MWh of battery energy storage in Chhattisgarh, floated in September, has had its deadline extended for a second time and the scale of the facility changed.

Based on government land in Rajnandgaon district, and originally calling for a 200 MWp DC capacity, the deadline for bidding to develop the facility had already been extended from October 27 to last Friday and has now been pushed back further, to December 15.

The project’s DC capacity has now been reduced from 200 MWp to 160 MWp and the storage element has come in to 40 MW/120 MWh.

A further amendment specifies only monocrystalline, bifacial panels can now be used at the site.

Bidder requirements

At the same time, the average annual turnover requirement for bidders has been reduced to INR263 crore ($35.7 million), calculated as total certified payments received for contracts in progress or completed within the last three years.

Bidders must have carried out—as an engineering, procurement and construction contractor or developer—cumulative capacity of at least 50 MW of ground-mounted, grid-connected solar plants in the last five years, with at least two projects having an individual capacity of at least 10 MW. The relevant capacity must have been in satisfactory operation for at least six months before the last date of bid submission in the Chhattisgarh tender.

Any energy storage system supplier or sub-contractor must have successfully installed and commissioned cumulative capacity of at least 12 MWh in the last five years, with at least two such facilities having a minimum capacity of 4 MWh each.

A solar module supplier must have shipped 5 GW of panels, globally, or 500 MW in India in the last five years.

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