Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) to purchase 90 million units (MUs) of round-the-clock (RTC) clean power per year on a long-term basis. The purchased power will be delivered to the ex-bus periphery at the company units located in Haridwar with 54 MUs, Bhopal, Trichy, and Hyderabad with 12 MUs each.
For interstate or intrastate electricity trading, the bidders must have license from either Central Electricity Regulatory Commission or State Electricity Regulatory Commission. In order to reduce technology risk and ensure timely commissioning of the project, the bidders should promote only commercially developed and operational innovations. Furthermore, bidders are also required to submit the list of clean energy RTC generating projects that are commercially operational or anticipated to be operational on or before June 2025. The bid submission deadline is September 30, 2023.
The winning bidder is required to dispatch electricity in accordance with the grid code and the Electricity Act of 2003, and communicate the availability of power for scheduling by the state or regional load despatch centers. In order to meet the required minimum per year availability of 90 per cent and to maintain a minimum of 90 per cent availability on a monthly basis for a minimum of 11 months during the year, the winning bidder can combine storage. Additionally, every year, at least 51 per cent of the energy must come from renewable sources. Furthermore, BHEL has mandated the use of indigenously manufactured solar modules listed in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers. Additionally, under the tender, only type-certified wind-turbine models issued by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, listed in Revised list of Models and Manufacturers will be allowed.
In August 2023, BHEL issued a RfP to design, supply, and assemble a floating system together with anchor and mooring parts for a 300 MW floating solar project at Rengali reservoir in Angul district, Odisha.