The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has invited bids for the design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of 7 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects. The projects will be developed under the capital expenditure model on various government buildings in Bihar. The contract will also include comprehensive maintenance for five years. According to the tender guidelines, the bidder should have a cumulative experience of installing at least one grid-connected solar PV project with a capacity of 350 kW or more during the last three years (and at least one grid-connected solar power project with an individual capacity of not less than 20 kW). The last date for the submission of bids is March 18, 2020.
Although the past year saw some successful initiatives, the net metering experience has been quite varied across states. This is because the net metering framework of a state only determines the regulations, while its actual implementation is equally important. The easy accessibility to the net metering facility influences ground-level implementation and promotes rooftop solar uptake. However, many states face delays in approvals, insufficient capacity at the local utility level and a cap on the size of rooftop solar due to limitations on transformer capacity and sanctioned load. While many rooftops can accommodate more than 1 MW of power, there is a 1 MW limit for capacity as well as for net metering in most states.