5 MW Canal Top Solar Project and a 2 MW Floating Solar Project Tendered in Visakhapatnam


The Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited (GVSCCL) has tendered a 5 MW grid-connected canal top solar project to be developed on the Raiwada Canal in Visakhapatnam. The bid-submission deadline is September 29, 2017.

The projects will be developed under implementation of the Smart City Mission and will fall under the RESCO model.

Canal Top Solar Project

The GVSCCL has set ₹5.00 (~$0.078)/kWh as the upper tariff ceiling for the 5 MW canal top project. The project completion timeframe is 12 months from the date of issue of letter of acceptance.

The scope of work includes a survey of the project site, obtaining no-objection certificate (NOC) from distribution company (DISCOM) for grid connectivity, design, procurement, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the canal top solar project.

The successful bidder will need to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services for 25 years. A single bidder must bid for the entire capacity tendered and will provide a system warrantee covering the rectification of all defects in the design of equipment, materials and workmanship, including spare parts, for a period of 25 years from the date of commissioning.

Floating Solar Project

The GVSCCL also tendered a 2 MW grid-connected floating solar PV project to be installed on the Mudasarlova reservoir in Visakhapatnam. This project was tendered in July with a bid-submission deadline extended to August 19, 2017 from the initial August 9, 2017.

The scope of work includes design, procurement, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the floating solar project. The successful bidder will provide O&M services for a five-year period.

The successful bidder will also provide a material guarantee of 25 years for PV modules, and 10 years for inverters, transformers, and switchgear.

Mercom reported in June that other smart cities, Udaipur Smart City Limited (USCL) and Raipur Smart City Limited, had issued solar tenders for rooftop projects.

Image credit: Vikram Solar

Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.