The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited bids for the construction of a 10 MW solar power project in the Junagarh block of Kalahandi district. Odisha’s department of energy will provide land for the project and the project will be developed on a build-own-operate basis. A ceiling tariff has also been set at Rs 2.77 per kWh by OREDA. The project is to be set up under the high-visibility solar applications programme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Bidders must have commissioned a cumulative 10 MW of ground-mounted, megawatt-scale solar projects in the three years before the deadline for online submission of technical bids. Prospective developers must also have had an average solar business annual turnover of at least Rs 5 million in the last three fiscal years per MW of capacity that is bid for under the tender. They must have also had a net worth of Rs 1,070 million at the end of the previous financial year. The project is expected to decrease the carbon footprint by up to 20,000 tons per annum for 25 years. Eligible and interested bidders must submit a bid security amount Rs 100 million. The last date to submit bids is November 10, 2020.
The Government of Odisha aims to meet its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) by achieving a capacity of 1,500 MW by 2022. According to the Green Energy Development Corporation, Odisha can generate solar power at a price of Rs 2.71 per kWh. In August 2020, the agency invited expressions of interest (EoI) for solar trees, solar street lighting and solar drinking water kiosks at the in the Konark township. OREDA has installed on-grid capacity of around 93 MW and has projects of about 53 MW in the pipeline.