Indian Railways invites proposals for solar-plus-storage pilot in Gujarat

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REMC Ltd (formerly Railway Energy Management Company Ltd) has invited an expression of interest from solar developers to set up a solar-plus-storage pilot project for the supply of power to the Western Railways. 

The project is to be deployed on a 90-acre vacant Railway land at Dahod in Gujarat.

REMCL is a joint venture between Indian Railways and state-owned engineering consultancy Rites Ltd.

The project shall be awarded through competitive bidding. The bid document for selecting the solar developer shall be prepared based on the response to this request for proposals.

The selected developer must design, build, finance, operate and maintain the solar power plant with appropriate storage.

Western Railways shall enter into a power purchase agreement with the solar developer for 25 years at a fixed tariff discovered through the competitive e-bidding process. 

The interested applicants are required to prepare a concept note and feasibility report of a probable solution and share it with REMC Ltd along with the requisite documents. They shall be allotted specific time to present their concept. Tentatively, the presentation will be held in the second week of January 2021. 

Based on this pilot storage project’s success, Indian Railways intends to scale up storage-based capacity across its railway network to achieve the goal of largest ‘net-zero carbon emissions’ organization by 2030.

Proposals can be submitted until January 5.

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