Andhra Pradesh tenders 6.4 GW of solar capacity for agricultural loads


The Andhra Pradesh Green Energy Corporation Ltd (APGECL) has invited bids to develop an aggregate 6.4 GW of grid-connected solar power capacity–comprising projects of different capacities–across ten locations in the state.

The projects shall be implemented under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects.

The APGECL shall enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the successful bidders for 30 years. Power procured from the projects has been provisioned to meet the demand of agricultural loads in the State.

The capacity tendered is as under:

6.4 GW solar capacity tendered across different locations

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The selection of projects would be technology agnostic, allowing the use of crystalline silicon, thin-film, or CPV, with or without trackers.

The successful developer shall be responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, installation, testing, commissioning of the solar projects, including the transmission lines up to the pooling sub-station. Operation and maintenance for 30 years after commissioning of the project also falls under the developer’s scope.

If required, the bidder may configure the awarded project capacity as sub-divided into a number of blocks being set up within the Solar Park.

The developer shall have the greenshoe option to develop up to 50% additional capacity over the capacity quoted, subject to a mutual agreement with APGECL and the provisions.

“The basic customs duty and safeguard duty incurred by the developer shall be passed on to the APGECL as part of the tariff. In case the cells/modules were purchased on or before the scheduled commissioning date (SCOD), the actual charges incurred towards basic customs duty and safeguard duty will be considered. If the cells/modules were purchased after SCOD, the basic customs duty and the safeguard duty considered shall be the minimum between the (a) actual charges incurred and (b) basic customs duty and safeguard duty as on SCOD,” as per the tender document.

“For every INR 1 lakh/MW incurred towards these duties, the quoted tariff (after e-reverse auction) shall be increased by INR 0.0055/kWh,” it added.

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