Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids for the selection of solar power generators to set up decentralized, ground-mounted grid-connected solar power plants aggregating to a 106 MW capacity under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme.
The plants—in sizes of 0.5 MW, 1 MW, 1.5 MW, and 2 MW (AC)—are to be set up on a ‘build-own-operate basis in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. These shall come upon farmers’ barren or agricultural lands, pasturelands, and marshlands falling within a 5 km radius from the identified 24 numbers of 33/11kV substations of the four state Discoms.
“The solar power generator may be an individual farmer, group of farmers/cooperatives/panchayats/farmer producer organizations/water user associations or project developers to whom the land has been leased by the farmer,” as per the tender document.
The respective Discom shall sign a 25-year power purchase agreement with the successful bidders.
The individual project capacity to be developed in a particular substation shall be a minimum of 0.5 MW and a maximum of 2 MW per bidder. A bidder may participate for all 24 substations, but it is not allowed to bid for more than one single solar power plant of either 0.5 MW, 1.0 MW, 1.5 MW, or 2 MW capacity at a particular 33/11kV substation.
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