UPNEDA floats tender for 98 MW of solar projects under KUSUM Program

Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) programme, the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has invited bids for 98 MW of solar projects with capacities of 0.5 MW, 1 MW, 1.5 MW, and 2 MW on agricultural land, pasturelands, and marshlands of farmers in Uttar Pradesh. The projects will be developed under the KUSUM program’s component A and will be within a 5 km radius of the selected substations. The bid submission deadline is June 15, 2022.  

The government plans to build 10,000 MW of grid-connected solar power plants with individual project sizes of up to 2 MW under Component A of the PM-KUSUM programme. Within 30 days of receiving the letter of award, the winning bidder must provide a performance bank guarantee of Rs 500,000 per MW for the capacity allotted. The DISCOMs in whose area substations the solar power projects are proposed to be set up should enter into power purchase agreements with the winning bidders for 25 years. UPNEDA has set a ceiling tariff of Rs 3.10 per kWh for the tender.

In November 2021, UPNEDA placed an order for an off-grid solar PV facility with Servotech Power Systems Limited, a New Delhi-based maker of LED lighting and solar products. Servotech will be in charge of the supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of off-grid solar PV power plants in several government office buildings in Uttar Pradesh for this project.