SECI floats bids for 50 MW rooftop solar systems

On behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has invited proposals to develop a total of 50 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV capacity on buildings owned by various Central Armed Police Forces. SECI will serve as a bidding and empanelment agency for the selection and empanelment of project developers for rooftop solar projects on MHA and other organisational buildings. The successful developers will also be appointed by the SECI to work for government organisations other than the MHA at the tariffs discovered through this tender.

The chosen developers will install the projects on a ‘build-own-operate’ basis in order to provide solar power to MHA organisations. The successful developer will implement the projects using the RESCO model as defined by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The scope of work includes obtaining a no-objection certificate from the electricity distribution company for grid connectivity, as well as complete design, engineering, supply, storage, civil work, erection, testing, and commissioning of the solar project.

For the duration of the power purchase agreement, the developer will also provide project operation and maintenance support. The developer must also obtain net-metering and grid connectivity for the project. Developers must bid for a minimum of 1 MW and a maximum of 10 MW, with each project ranging in size from 100 kW to 500 kW. A single developer can only be assigned a maximum capacity of 10 MW.

Recently in September 2022, SECI issued a request for proposals for supply of 2.25 GW renewable energy round-the-clock (RTC) power complemented with power from any other source or storage as its RTC Tranche III tender. This will be tariff-based competitive bidding, with land and connectivity in the scope of the renewable energy developer.

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