Bids invited by Jodhpur Vidyut Nigam for 31 MW solar projects

The Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam (JDVVNL) has issued a tender for the development of 31.02 MW grid-connected solar projects. The projects will be established using the RESCO model under Component ‘C’ of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) feeder solarisation programme. JVVNL intends to install 13 solar projects of varying capacities across 50 feeders through the tender. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 35 million per MW. The projects must be completed within nine months of the power purchase agreement being signed (PPA).

According to the tender guidelines, bidders must submit Rs 700,000/MW as an earnest money deposit. Also, the successful bidders are required to submit a performance bank guarantee of Rs 500,000 per MW. The developers must connect projects to an 11 kV substation as the delivery point for projects up to 2.55 MW and 33 kV substations for projects larger than 2.55 MW. A 25 year PPA will be signed between the winning bidder and Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam at the approved tariff set by the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission. The solar power generator must use models and manufacturers from the most recent Approved List of Models and Manufacturers.The deadline for bid submissions is February 20, 2023.

Recently in November 2022, Rajasthan developed the Saur Krishi Ajivika Yojna (SKAY) as part of Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) to promote the development of decentralised solar projects at load centres with a focus on agriculture consumption in rural areas. The distribution companies in the state have created a dedicated online portal where farmers can register their land to be leased out for solar projects. Project developers can also register on the portal to reach out to registered farmers.