West Bengal to procure 100 MW of RTC renewables power

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has approved a power purchase agreement (PSA) between the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for the procurement of 100 MW of wind-solar hybrid power on a round-the-clock (RTC) basis at Rs 2.90 per kWh, plus a trading margin of Rs 0.07 per kWh.

The Commission instructed WBSEDCL to investigate all options for utilising surplus contracted conventional energy in order to reduce the burden of power purchase costs on consumers. WBSEDCL had filed a petition seeking approval of the PSA.

In December 2021, the Steel Authority of India issued a request for proposals for a turnkey 4 MW floating solar project at its IISCO Steel Plant in West Bengal’s Paschim Bardhaman district. The scope of work comprises design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the 4 MW floating solar project. The winning bidder will be responsible for operations and maintenance services for a period of five years from the date of the project’s commissioning.