KSEBL floats a tender for 34.5 MW under KUSUM

Under Component A of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Uria Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) programme, Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL) has issued a request for selection (RfS) for grid-connected solar projects with a total capacity of 34.5 MW near KSEBL substations. The scope of work comprises setting up grid-connected solar projects on uncultivable agricultural land, pasturelands, and marshlands of farmers falling within a radius of 5 km from KSEBL’s substations. The bid submission deadline is May 15, 2022.

As per the tender guidelines, a bidder’s individual project capacity in a particular substation must be at least 0.5 MW, with a maximum capacity of 2 MW. The project’s cells and modules must only come from the models and manufacturers listed in the MNRE’s Approved List of Models and Manufacturers that is published and updated on a regular basis. Furthermore, the power purchase agreements will be inked for a period of 25 years between KSEBL and winning bidders. KSEBL will pay the sellers the indicated fixed tariff in the price bid for a specific location, as quoted by the successful bidder. The quoted tariff must be less than or equal to Rs 3.66 per kWh. The energy purchased under this contract will be deducted from KSEBL’s renewable purchase obligation.

In December 2021, KSEBL issued a request for qualification to set up 100 MW of grid-connected floating solar projects on a design, build, own, and operate model. For these floating solar projects, KSEBL is expected to enter 25-year power purchase agreements with solar developers, subject to a tariff approved by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

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