NHDC floats tender for purchasing solar modules to set up 1,035 MW capacity

NHDC Limited has floated a tender for procuring solar modules to develop 1,035 MW of solar capacity Madhya Pradesh. The company aims to secure this capacity at an upcoming auction by Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL).A total of 1.5 GW of grid-connected solar capacity is to be auctioned under the open category. NHDC Ltd has also outlined a bid plan and delivery schedule for the modules across 5 locations in the state. The suppliers are required to carry out the manufacturing, packing, forwarding, loading, supply, acquiring ofcustoms clearances, and transportation. They must also pass on necessary accessories and spares to the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors. The modules to be supplied can either be mono or multi-crystalline or thin-film technology but it must have a conversion efficiency of at least 18 per cent and a minimum peak power output of 330 Wp. The modules must also be covered under warranty for 10 years and hold a 25-year linear performance guarantee for output peak power capacity. It must be at least 90 per cent after 10 years and 80 per cent after 25 years. The deadline for submission of bids is November 2, 2020.

Three projects,with an aggregate capacity of 750 MW, are currently operational in Rewa Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh. The state has a total large-scale installation capacity of 2.2GW. NHDC Ltd is a joint venture between NHPC Ltd. and the Government of Madhya Pradesh and was set up in August 2000 to develop hydropower in the state. One of its early projects was the development of the Indira Sagar Project and the Omkareshwar Project with capacities of 1 GW and 520 MW at the Narmada Basin.

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