The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has floated a tender for installing grid-interactive rooftop solar projects in the range 1 kW to 25 kW at multiple locations across the state with a cumulative capacity of 60 MW. These projects will be eligible for subsidies by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The scope of work covers the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of the projects. It also includes five years of comprehensive warranty maintenance and operation of the projects. According to the tender guidelines, the successful bidder will also have to co-ordinate with the distribution companies for procuring necessary approvals on behalf of the purchasers. Moreover, the solar modules used in these projects should be manufactured in India. The deadline for the submission of the bids is October 10, 2019.
Uttar Pradesh has been a late mover in the renewable energy space. However, in recent years, the state has been making significant efforts to promote renewable energy with back-to-back solar power tenders and enabling regulatory interventions. Uttar Pradesh has the highest power consumption in the country and to meet the growing power demand in a sustainable manner the state authorities are incorporating renewables in their power mix.
With roughly 1 GW of commissioned capacity as of May 2019, Uttar Pradesh’s solar power uptake has been limited till now. This can be attributed to the state’s low utilisable solar potential, policy irregularities, poor power supply infrastructure and unavailability of adequate land near major load centres. For making solar power development in Uttar Pradesh attractive for both developers and investors, the state authorities have introduced a slew of measures and revamped their existing policies. The state has revised its land allocation laws and stepped up its efforts to expand transmission infrastructure in the solar-rich Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions. The state authorities are planning to add about 7,250 MW of solar power by 2023-24.
Renewable Watch’s opinion on the state’s progress in the renewable energy space can be read here:
Also, in an interview with Renewable Watch, Alok Kumar, principal secretary, additional sources of energy, Government of Uttar Pradesh, highlighted the state’s progress in renewables, the key challenges and its plans for the sector. This interview can be read here: