Bids called for floating solar projects in West Bengal

The West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL) has issued a request for proposals to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for a floating solar project at Bakreswar reservoir in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. The project includes selecting a consultant to conduct pre-feasibility studies and finalise capacity. According to the tender guidelines, bidders must submit an earnest money deposit worth Rs 306,000. The successful bidder must provide a contract performance guarantee in the form of an unconditional and irrevocable bank guarantee equal to 3 per cent of the contract price within 15 days of receiving the award letter from WBPDCL.

The bidders must have experience in the last seven years in consultancy services for technical assessment, pre-feasibility, or DPR studies for two or more ground-mounted solar projects of not less than 100 MW at a single location or one floating solar project of not less than 50 MW at a single location, within or outside India. Over the last three financial years, bidders must have an average annual financial turnover of Rs 4.6 million. For the previous three fiscal years, the bidders’ net worth should have been positive. Bids must be submitted no later than November 2, 2022.

Recently in September 2022, the West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) notified its green energy open access regulations which will apply to any form of open access that uses an intrastate transmission system or distribution system in conjunction with interstate transmission lines. According to the regulations, consumers with contracted demand or a sanctioned load of 100 kW will be eligible to procure green energy through open access in West Bengal.

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