GUVNL reissues tenders for 800 MW of solar projects in Gujarat

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has reissued two tenders for the development of 800 MW of solar power from grid-connected solar projects at the Dholera and RaghanesdaSolar Parks. Under the first tender, 700 MW of solar projects (Phase IX-R) are to be set up at the 1 GW DholeraSolar Park. Under the second tender, 100 MW of solar projects (Phase X-R) are to be developed at the Raghanesda Solar Park. The developers will be required to set up the solar projects and lay power evacuation cables up to the pooling station. They will also be responsible for acquiring all approvals, permits and clearances from the state government and local bodies. Both tenders specify an earnest money deposit of Rs 400,000 per MW bid and the last date to submit bids for these tenders is April 12, 2021.

The first tender for 700 MW was originally floated by the GUVNL in January 2019, with the upper tariff ceiling of Rs 2.75 per kWh. In August 2020, Vena Energy Renewables, Tata Power, ReNew Power, SJVN Limited, and TEQ Green Power emerged as winners of the auction. However, in February 2021, the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission allowed the GUVNL to cancel the 700 MW solar auction at Dholera Solar Park and reissue the tender to discover lower tariffs. Further, it also allowed GUVNL to retender its 100 MW solar auction for projects at Raghanesda for the same reason.

In February 2021, NTPC Limited floated a tender for the engineering, procurement, and construction for a maximum of 300 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic projects in Gujarat.

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