Andhra Pradesh issues tender for developing 15 MW of rooftop solar projects

The New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) has rolled out a tender to set up 15 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV project capacity on government buildings across the state. The projects will be developed under RESCO model.

As per the tender guidelines, all modules utilized for these projects would need to be of Indian make. The individual projects will be set up in capacities between 50 kW to 500 kW and a single bidder can bid for a minimum 1 MW and a maximum of 5 MW of project capacity. NREDCAP has fixed an upper tariff ceiling of Rs 5/kWh for the tender. The successful bidders will have nine months from the date of award of contract to commission the project. In addition, the developers will be responsible for providing O&M services for a period of 25 years from the date of commissioning of the PV plants.

The scope of work includes the identification of buildings and leasing rooftops for 25 years, obtaining no-objection certificate from discoms for grid connectivity, design, engineering, manufacture, supply, storage, civil work, installation, testing and commissioning of the rooftop solar PV project. The bid-submission deadline is July 5, 2018.

The tender follows NREDCAP’s strategy to promote rooftop solar in order to meet a portion of the increasing energy needs in Andhra Pradesh. In April 2018, the agency has issued an empanelment tender for rooftop solar installers for setting up capacities between 1 kW and 500 kW for a total of 35 MW of rooftop solar PV projects. In addition, NREDCAP had also tendered 2.4 MW of solar rooftop capacity to be developed under the RESCO model in Andhra Pradesh.

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