Mizoram floats tender for 20 MW of solar projects at Vankal Solar Park

The Government of Mizoram, through its Power and Electricity Department has issued a Request for Selection for setting up 20 MW of solar power projects at Vankal Solar Park, Khawzawl in Champhai district of the state. The scope of work includes setting up the solar PV project, including the transmission network up to the delivery point. The selection of the project would be technology agnostic within PV technology and crystalline silicon or thin-film or CPV solar panels with or without trackers can be used in the projects. As per the tender document, there are four plots of 5 MW each, and the prospective bidders can submit a single bid for a minimum of one plot or may participate in all four plots. The selected bidder will set up the solar PV project on a build-own-operate basis.

The maximum tariff payable to the project developer has been set at Rs 4.50 per kWh for 25 years. Bidders need to submit their bids by offering a single tariff for the project. According to the power and electricity department of Mizoram, the financial closure for the project has to be achieved within seven months from the effective date of the PPA. The tender has been issued under the global competitive bidding, and the last date for the submission of bids is January 23, 2020.

The Mizoram government is planning to set up four solar power plants and a solar park in different locations around the state. Through this, the state aims to reach closer towards achieving its solar target of 80 MW capacity by the year 2021. Mizoram is further promoting uptake of solar by developing Aizawl as a pilot solar city. Read more about the development of solar cities in north-eastern India: https://renewablewatch.in/2019/10/24/land-of-the-rising-sun/

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