SECI has invited Request for Selection (RfS) bids for developing 5 GW solar manufacturing plant linked with PPAs for ISTS connected solar PV projects (for an aggregate capacity of 10 GW) in India on BOO basis under Phase I on May 25, 2018. The last date of bid submission is August 27, 2018.
SECI will enter into PPAs with the successful bidder for a period of 25 years. The solar power developers will be allowed PPAs for double the capacity of the solar manufacturing plant, i.e. the total solar PV project capacity would be 10 GW for a manufacturing capacity of 5 GW.
The minimum bidding capacity is 1 GW of manufacturing linked to 2 GW of ISTS connected solar PV projects with assured offtake of power. A single bidder can choose to bid for the entire 5 GW manufacturing, linked to 10 GW ISTS-connected solar PV projects for which power offtake has been assured.
The SPDs are free to set up ISTS connected solar PV project parallel to the setting up of manufacturing facility. The solar PV project will be allowed commissioning over a period of four years, with minimum 25 per cent of the cumulative allocated capacity being commissioned every year. The awarded manufacturing capacity to a single bidder must be set up at a single location. Bidders are free to set up the linked solar PV projects at multiple locations.
The scope of work involves setting up the manufacturing unit and the solar PV projects, as well as the transmission network up to the interconnection or delivery point. The tender has been prepared in line with the solar bidding guidelines which were issued by the Ministry of Power in August 2017.