SJVN Breaks Ground for 50 MW Solar Project in Assam

The estimated project cost is ₹2.91 billion


SJVN Green Energy (SGEL), a wholly owned subsidiary of SJVN, has broken ground for its 50 MW solar power project at the Sitalmari village of Sonitpur district in Assam.

Located in Barsola Block under the Dhekiajuli Revenue Sector, the project is estimated to cost ₹2.91 billion (~$35.17 million).

The project is expected to generate 101 MU of green energy in the first year and 2,319 MU of cumulative energy over 25 years.

The power generated will be supplied to the Assam Power Development Corporation (APDCL) at a tariff of ₹3.92 (~$0.0474)/kWh.

APDCL floated the tender in February 2023 to procure 50 MW of power from a ground-mounted solar project for 25 years to be set up under the build-own-operate model.

The contract for this 50 MW and two other projects of 70 MW and 200 MW were awarded, and letters of award were issued to SGEL in August 2023.

The 50 MW and 70 MW solar projects, allotted at the tariff of ₹3.92 (~$0.0474)/kWh, will be developed under the solar park category. The third solar project of 200 MW capacity was allotted at the tariff of ₹3.90 (~$0.0471)/kWh to be developed anywhere in Assam.

All the projects are expected to be commissioned by March 2025.

SGEL will be responsible for identifying suitable substations/grid substations and carrying out any evacuation assessment study at its own cost with respect to the project’s connectivity to the grid substation.

In October 2023, SGEL floated an engineering, procurement, and construction tender to commission the 50 MW and 70 MW capacities.

In December 2023, SGEL invited bids to purchase or lease up to 1,000 acres of land in Assam for 28 years to develop 200 MW of solar power projects, including connectivity with the state transmission utility system.

Earlier this year, APDCL invited expressions of interest for project management consultant services for a 1,000 MW grid-connected solar project in Karbi Anglong district of Assam.

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