Bids are Being Sought for 28 MW of Decentralized Solar Projects in Haryana Under the KUSUM Yojana BANNER

Under Component-A of the Pradhan Mantri, Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program, the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVNL) has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for the establishment of decentralized grid-connected solar power projects with an aggregate capacity of 28 MW.

Setting up decentralized grid-connected ground-mounted solar power plants with capacities ranging from 500 kW to 2 MW to be connected to corresponding 33/11 kV, 66/11 kV, and 132/11 kV substations in rural areas is part of the scope of work.

Solar projects with a total capacity of 23 MW will be installed in UHBVNL’s operating region, and 5 MW will be installed in Panchkula’s solar city. The solar project requires four acres of land per MW to be built.

The deadline for proposal submissions is April 21, 2022.

Farmers, farmer groups, panchayats, co-operatives, farmer producer organizations, and UHBVNL water user organizations are all eligible to bid. Individual farmers can use their barren, uncultivable pasture or swampy land to create solar projects. Solar installations on agricultural land are also allowed under the scheme, as long as they are installed in a stilt-like manner.

Bidders must submit a $100,000 ($1,324) earnest money deposit per MW of applied capacity. Bidders must also pay a $5,000 ($66) non-refundable bid processing charge. Within 30 days of the issuance of the Letter of Award, successful bidders must present a performance bank guarantee of 500,000 ($6,618)/MW for the capacity allocated (LoA).

The cells and modules used in the project must only come from the models and manufacturers listed on the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s “Approved List of Models and Manufacturers,” which is updated regularly (MNRE).

Within two months of receiving the LoA, the selected solar power generator must sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Haryana Power Purchase Centre for 25 years at $3.11 ($0.04)/kWh. If additional conditions, like land leases and licenses, are followed, the solar power generator will be free to operate the facility after the PPA expires.

To be eligible for the bid, interested farmers, farmer groups, cooperatives, panchayats, or farmer producer organizations must have land or a leasing agreement. If the farmer or farmer groups choose to build the solar project through the developer, they will be able to lease the land on the agreed-upon terms.

During the entire term of the PPA, solar power generators must maintain a Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) of at least 15% annually. The winning bidder must complete the solar project within 12 months of the LoA being issued.

The bidders must present details of proportionate funds for at least 30% of the cost of the capacity applied, with the cost of implementing the solar power project estimated at $40 million ($529,504) per MW. In the event of a developer, the developer’s net worth for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021, must be at least ten million dollars ($132,380) per MW of capacity applied.

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Resource: Saur Energy

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