Haryana Retenders 300 MW of Solar Projects Amid Tepid Response
Tariff cap pegged at ₹3/kWh for 25 years of the PPA
July 16, 2019
The Haryana Power Purchase Company (HPCC) has invited Requests for Proposal (RfP) for the procurement of power from 300 MW of solar projects. The tender has been floated on behalf of the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN).
This is a re-tender of the tender that was initially floated in January 2019. Speaking to Mercom, an official responsible for the power purchase on behalf of HPCC informed that this is a re-tender for the same capacity since the last tender did not yield the desired response from bidders.
The global bid has been divided into two segments. Under Category I, 240 MW of cumulative capacity will be developed with a minimum capacity of 3 MW and a maximum of 240 MW. Under Category II, 60 MW of cumulative capacity will be developed with a minimum capacity of 1 MW and a maximum of 60 MW. A single bidder can bid for the entire capacity tendered. A single bidder could bid for the entire capacity tendered.
The closing date for the bids is August 5, 2019.
An upper tariff ceiling of ₹3 (~$0.043)/kWh has been set for this tender for the entire 25-year tenure of the PPA. The HPPC would enter a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the developers. The solar power generator will pay the penalty in case of a shortfall in the generation. The amount of such penalty will be a minimum of 25% of the cost of this shortfall in energy terms.
In the case of excess generation, the solar power generator will be free to sell it to any other entity if HPPC refuses to procure the produced power. In case HPPC purchases the excess generation, the same will be made at 75% of the PPA tariff.
Recently, the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) issued an order approving the deviations to the terms of competitive bidding, the conditions of the request for proposal and the draft PPA for 300 MW of solar projects by HPPC to meet its solar RPO.
Mercom reported previously about the Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) issuing guidelines for MW-scale ground mounted and rooftop projects for captive consumption or third party sale, under the Haryana Solar Power Policy 2016.
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Soumik is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, Soumik was a correspondent for UNI, New Delhi covering the Northeast region for seven years. He has also worked as an Asia Correspondent for Washington DC-based Hundred Reporters. He has contributed as a freelancer to several national and international digital publications with a focus on data-based investigative stories on environmental corruption, hydro power projects, energy transition and the circular economy. Soumik is an Economics graduate from Scottish Church College, Calcutta University.