Jodhpur DISCOM Floats Tenders for 74 MW Solar Projects Under KUSUM in Sirohi
The projects will be developed under the RESCO model
The Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam (JDVVNL) has floated three tenders for installing and commissioning 28 grid-connected solar power projects with a total capacity of 74 MW in various subdivisions of Sirohi Circle under Component C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program for feeder-level solarization.
The projects will be developed under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) model. The tenders have been floated for 22.08 MW, 21.64 MW, and 30.28 MW solar power projects.
The successful bidder will be required to oversee the project’s operation and maintenance for 25 years.
The project developer must also provide and install the relevant 33 kV or 11 kV line (depending on the specific case) that will connect the projects to the respective 33/11 kV substation. This will encompass the provision of bays, breakers, and the metering system at the substation.
Bidders must submit ₹100,000 (~$1,212)/MW of the quoted capacity as an earnest money deposit.
The successful bidder must also furnish an amount equivalent to ₹500,000 (~$6,058)/MW of the allotted capacity as a performance bank guarantee.
The project’s estimated cost is ₹35 million (~$424,085)/MW.
A power purchase agreement (PPA) for 25 years, at the levelized tariff approved by the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC), will be executed between the selected bidder and the Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam (RUVNL) within seven days of submitting the performance bank guarantee.
The projects must be completed within nine months of signing the PPA.
To be eligible, landowners, farmers, and any individual possessing the required land for the project must submit an undertaking certifying the ownership of assets (movable and immovable) of at least 20% of the total cost of the quoted capacity.
The bidders must have a minimum average annual turnover equivalent to at least 30% of the total cost of the quoted capacity over the past three financial years.
The solar project developer shall be accountable for installing the necessary number of solar modules and related equipment to achieve a minimum capacity utilization factor of 19%.
Only commercially established and operational technologies can be used to minimize the technology risk and achieve the project’s timely commissioning. JDVVNL has mandated the use of domestically produced modules listed on the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
If RUVNL fails to make the monthly bill payments to the solar power generator by their due date, it will result in a late payment surcharge of 1.25% per month on the outstanding amount, calculated on a daily basis.
Tender for 22.08 MW of Solar Projects
In the first tender, JDVVNL has invited bids for installing and commissioning seven grid-connected solar power projects with a total capacity of 22.08 MW in the rural Abu Road subdivision.
The last date to submit the bids online is October 25, 2023. Bids will be opened on October 27.
Tender for 21.64 MW of Solar Projects
The second tender has been floated for installing and commissioning eight grid-connected solar power projects with a total capacity of 21.64 MW in the Mandar and Reodar subdivisions.
The last date to submit the bids online is October 26, 2023. Bids will be opened on October 30.
Tender for 30.28 MW of Solar Projects
In the third tender, JDVVNL has invited bids for installing and commissioning 13 grid-connected solar power projects with a total capacity of 30.28 MW at Kailash Nagar, Kalandri, Pindwara, Saroopganj, Sheoganj, and Sirohi subdivisions.
The last date to submit the bids online is October 31, 2023. Bids will be opened on November 2.
Recently, JDVVNL invited bids to install and commission 31 grid-connected solar projects with a total capacity of 78.6 MW under Component C of the PM-KUSUM program.
Earlier, JDVVNL had floated a tender for developing 31.96 MW grid-connected solar power projects under Component C of the PM-KUSUM program.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker, JDVVNL has so far floated tenders for 2.1 GW of solar power projects under Component C of the PM-KUSUM program.