Daily News Wrap-Up: HPCL’s Tender for 7 MW Solar Project in Maharashtra

Jayram Industries wins NTPC’s auction to install 250kW/1,200 kWh BESS project

December 14, 2023


Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) has invited bids to select an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for a 7 MW solar power project in Maharashtra. The bidder must identify and offer suitable land on lease to HPCL directly or in sub-lease. They must also oversee the operation and maintenance of the project for ten years. The last day to submit the bids is January 1, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day. Bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of ₹140,000 (~$1,679).

Hyderabad-based electrical infrastructure company Jayram Industries India (JIIPL) secured the contract from NTPC Renewable Energy (NTPC REL) for the installation of a 250 kW/1,200 kWh battery energy storage system supporting solar power projects at the Khavda Renewable Energy Park in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. According to a Mercom source, JIIPL will deploy the lithium-ion technology for the project. The agreement was formalized at NTPC REL’s Greater Noida office on November 30, 2023.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India paid solar and wind power producers ₹10 billion (~$119.9 million) for the energy purchased in October 2023. The payment reflected a decline of 23% from the September disbursements. The disbursements increased by 24% on a year-over-year basis. In October, disbursements to solar and wind developers constituted 67.7% of the total payments. The nodal agency disbursed a total of ₹14.8 billion (~$177.1 million) during the month.

To encourage the widespread adoption of rooftop solar, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) disbursed ₹9.08 billion (~$108.8 million) as of November 31, 2023, as incentives to distribution companies (DISCOMs) under the Rooftop Solar Program Phase-II. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R.K. Singh, informed the incentives were disbursed to support various tasks, from project assessment and implementation to grid connectivity and capacity building by DISCOMs.

College Of Engineering Pune Technological University has invited expressions of interest to set up a 660 kW rooftop solar power project with net metering under the renewable energy service company model. The University will make arrangements for the necessary space, including land, rooftops, and canteen sheds for the project. The last date for the submission of bids is January 23, 2023. Bids will be opened the same day. The net output power for the power project, assuming crystalline solar modules, is projected to be approximately 1,305 MWh on average.

Soshe Power Tech, a Hyderabad-based solar power project developer, won the EPC contract from HPCL for a 1.9 MW solar power project to be developed at Hiriyur in Karnataka. The scope of work will also include the operation and maintenance of the project for ten years. The company had quoted a contract value of ₹84.47 million (~$1.01 million) for the EPC and O&M works. The project will be developed at HPCL’s Hiriyur Intermediate Pigging Station for Captive Consumption at HPCL Neriya Station.