The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has issued a tender for the procurement of solar power by Amritsar Airport through open access. As per the tender, Amritsar Airport is looking to procure 1.577 million units of solar power every year for a contract period of 10 years. The bidders will be selected based on the lowest quoted tariff. The power supplier would be mandated to supply at least 6 per cent of the annual contracted energy. Under this project, the procurer would be taking at least 90 per cent of the contracted energy (minimum offtake guarantee) at the delivery point in each year. The date of commencement for the power supply is April 4, 2020. The last date of submission of bids for this tender is November 18, 2019.
AAI has also issued three tenders for the procurement of a total of 3.7 MW of solar power through open access for the airports at Raipur, Coimbatore, and Aurangabad. The capacities tendered are 1.5 MW for Raipur Airport, 1 MW for Coimbatore Airport, and 1.20 MW for Aurangabad Airport. According to the tender document, the bidders need to supply 1.577 million units (MUs) of contracted energy for ten years and a minimum of 6per cent of the annual contracted energy, in any month of the year during the contract period. The successful bidder is required to commence supply of power from April 1, 2020 following the provisions of the power purchase agreement. The last date for the submission of bids for all three tenders is November 18, 2019.
Airports have a significant potential for solar power generation given the availability of large, flat and shadow-free areas such as rooftops of terminals, hangars, car parks and land around runways. The solar power generated on airport premises can help meet the growing power requirements of terminals. This will reduce the electricity bills of airports, especially through net metering. Moreover, the increase in air-conditioning load coincides with the peak generation during summer months, compensating for the surge in power demand. With solar power, airports can reduce their carbon footprint and contribute towards the achievement of the country’s clean energy targets. A short gestation period, limited infrastructure requirement and a payback period of only four to five years are some of the other factors that make a strong case for solar power generation at airports.
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