Indian utility tenders 500 MW, developer seeks EPC contractor for 190 MW


From pv magazine India

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) has issued a tender to procure up to 500 MW of solar power from grid-connected PV projects through competitive bidding. 

The bidders selected by MSEDCL must have existing solar power plants or be able to set up new capacity to supply the power. In case of newly proposed plants, the solar power generators will be responsible for design, financing, land procurement, engineering, construction, operations and maintenance.

For new projects, the electricity distribution companies will enter into power purchase agreements with the successful bidders for periods of 25 years from the scheduled commercial operation date.

Separately, New Delhi-based Rising Sun Energy (RSE), a unit of Malaysia-based Yinson, is setting up a 190 MW (AC)/285 MWp (DC) grid-connected solar project at the Nokh Solar Park in the Indian state of Rajasthan.

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The developer recently opened bidding for EPC service providers to set up the project on a turnkey basis. The project will be developed under the “Open” category, and will allow the use of solar cells and modules of any origin.

Rising Sun Energy has received a letter of award from state-owned producer NTPC Ltd. for the development and operation of the project. The developer will supply the electricity to NTPC at a fixed tariff rate of INR 2.25 (USD 0.031)/kWh under a 25-year PPA. The plant is scheduled to become operational by April 2022. 

The Nokh Solar Park is about 30 kilometers from the 140 MW Rising Bhadla 1 and 2 solar plants, which are owned and operated by Rising Sun Energy. 

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