The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has floated a tender to develop 15 MW of floating solar projects in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh. The projects will be set up at the Nangal Pond, near Neilla Village in Bilaspur. Even though SECI has done away with tariff caps, this tender has a tariff cap since it is issued on behalf of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). The tariff cap set for the bids is Rs 3.41 per kWh. The power will be purchased under a long-term 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The project must be completed within 18 months of the signing of PPA.The last date for the submission of bids is August 3, 2020.
As per the tender guidelines,the cells and modules used in the project should be sourced only from the models and manufacturers enlisted in the MNRE’s Approved List of Models and Manufacturers. The bidders may also submit a single bid for the entire 15 MW of floating solar projects. The selected developer will have to set up single point connectivity at a voltage level of 66 kV at the interconnection point of the project’s substation with the loop-in-loop-out (LILO) connection of the BBMB.
Earlier this year in April, SECI invited bids for setting up 15 MW of floating solar projects at SCCL in Telangana. The projects will be implemented at two different sites – a 10 MW project at the STPP storage reservoir, and a 5 MW system at the Dorli site on SCCL’s premises.