GUVNL to extend residential rooftop solar programme from 600 MW to 750 MW

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has agreed to allow registration of residential rooftop solar applications up to a capacity of 750 MW from empanelled vendors for the financial year 2020-21 under the SURYA-Gujarat programme. According to the report, empanelled vendors submitted 274,006 applications for 1.06 GW of capacity. The Surya Urja Rooftop Yojana was launched by the Gujarat government to promote rooftop solar in the residential sector. The programme provides a 40 per cent subsidy for systems up to 3 kW and a 20 per cent discount for projects above 3 kW but up to 10 kW.

In September 2021, Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL)  floated an e-tender for consulting services to review the designs and drawings of 25 solar PV projects. The plants, which range in size from 10 MW to 100 MW, are located near the Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO) wasteland across Gujarat. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 2.8 million. According to the documents, the project must be finished within 15 months of receiving the letter of commencement, or until the project is completed. The bid submission deadline is October 18, 2021.

The consultation project would be divided into two stages: first, design verification for project management services, and second, drawing verification. As per the tender guidelines, to be eligible, the bidder must pay a security deposit of 5 per cent of the tender value. In addition, the bidder must have completed similar work or work under progress in the last seven years until the last day of the previous month. These works must be carried out for central and state government or semi-government or GSECL, GETCO, Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL), Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited (MGVCL), Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL), or Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL).

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