Cochin Port Trust to install nearly 1 MW of rooftop and floating solar systems

The Cochin Port Trust (CoPT) has invited bids for both rooftop and floating solar power projects at its premises. Initially, around 14 blocks of a residential building with flat roofs will be available in Kochi for the project along with about 4 km of surrounding water bodies. The scope of work includes the site survey, identification for rooftop and water bodies, engineering, design, manufacturing, storage, civil work, testing, and commissioning of the projects. It also includes the operations and maintenance of the projects for 25 years under the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model. The project will be executed on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. The last date for bid submission is November 15, 2019.

In January 2019, Visakhapatnam port announced that it has been running on 100 per cent solar energy since it commissioned a 10 MW captive solar power project in May 2016. The project was developed by the Visakhapatnam Port Trust with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services being provided by Jakson Engineers. Almost half of the generated power is consumed by the port while the rest is sold to private customers through third-party contracts. In August 2017, a 4 MW solar power plant was commissioned at New Mangalore Port by Bosch Energy and Building Solutions. In March 2017, SECI invited bids for installing a 2 MW grid-connected solar power plant at the Haldia Dock Complex for the Kolkata Port Trust.

In August 2016, SECI floated an EPC tender for the installation of a 10 MW solar power plant at Paradip port on behalf of the Paradip Port Trust. The tender was won by Surana Solar and the project was built at a cost of Rs 606 million.

In August 2015, a 100 kW grid-connected solar power plant was commissioned by the VOC Port Trust. This was followed by another 400 kW being commissioned in January 2017. The 500 kW project was developed at a cost of Rs 47.8 million. In August 2019, the VOC Port Trust announced plans to develop solar power projects with a cumulative capacity of 10 MW. This includes a 5 MW solar project being built at a cost of around Rs 250 million. The detailed project report is under preparation.

Besides these, JNPT has installed around 820 kW of solar power capacity at a cost of Rs 45 million. In September 2016, the Mormugao Port Trust, Goa, commissioned a 240 kW rooftop solar power plant under capex mode at a cost of Rs 14.5 million. Chennai port currently has around 100 kW of solar power capacity installation. The project was set up by Alectrona Energy at around Rs 9.2 million. Meanwhile, the Cochin Port Trust has installed a 150 kW solar power plant at a cost of Rs 10 million.

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