The Railway Energy Management Company Limited unit of Indian Railways has invited bids to set up 740 MW of ground-mounted solar power plants on vacant railway land parcels.
Each of the railway zones which will host solar capacity will sign 25-year power purchase agreements with the successful solar developers.
The projects—to be set up on a build, own, operate basis—will be constructed in Gujarat (which will host 317 MW), Bihar (109 MW), Rajasthan (84 MW), Madhya Pradesh (83 MW), Chhattisgarh (71 MW), West Bengal (38 MW), Maharashtra (19 MW), Uttar Pradesh (15 MW), and Punjab (4 MW).
Successful bidders in the tender will be responsible for securing grid connections for their projects.
The procurement exercise mandates the use only of Indian-made solar cells and modules and developers must ensure the panels are eventually disposed of in line with the “e-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011” notified by the government.
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