UPNEDA seeks to set up 106 MW solar plants under PM KUSUM

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has floated a tender for the development of 106 MW of solar plants under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme. The tender is for setting up decentralized ground mounted grid-connected solar power plants, having capacities of 0.5 MW /1 MW/ 1.5 MW / 2 MW (AC). These plants are to be set up on barren, uncultivable or agriculture land, as well as pasturelands and marshlands of farmers which fall within a radius of 5 km from 33/11KV substations, 24 of which have beenset up by the discoms in Uttar Pradesh.

The prospective applicants may be farmer, group of farmers, cooperatives, panchayats, Farmer Producer Organisations, Water User associations, or project developers to whom land has been leased by farmer.A firm land lease agreement with a farer of group of farmers /farmer bodies is a pre-requisite, with the state discom taking no responsibility for arranging land or enforcing such agreement. The tender forbids a single bidder for bidding beyond 2 MW. The earnest money requirement is Rs 5,000 per MW plus GST. Bid submission deadline is June 6, 2021.

Recently in March 2021, UPNEDA floated a tender for the development of 75 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at the UP Solar Park in the state. These capacities will be set up on a build, own, and operate basis across three villages in the Jalaun district. Of the total capacity, 45 MW will be set up in the villages of Makrechaa and Banghauli while the remaining 30 MW will be installed in the Tikar village in the district. The ceiling tariff has been set at Rs 3 per kWh for 25 years and the project must be commissioned within 15 months of the signing of the power purchase agreement.