Bihar issues tender for 564 MW solar projects

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Bihar State Power Generation Company has issued a request for proposals to commission 564 MW grid-connected distributed solar projects within the areas covered by North Bihar Power Distribution Company and South Bihar Power Distribution Company as part of Component B of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan Yojana (PM-KUSUM). The project is estimated to cost Rs 35 million per MW.

According to the tender guidelines, the scope of work encompass setting up the 11 kV line to link the projects with substations and implementing a remote monitoring system. The developer will be responsible for projects’ operations and maintenance for a period of 25 years. The bidders are required to submit Rs 100,000 per MW as an earnest money deposit. The developer is also required to furnish Rs 100,000 per MW as a performance bank guarantee.  The deadline for bid submission is April 5, 2024.

Furthermore, the projects must be completed within 18 months of signing the power purchase agreement. The developers will be eligible for central financial aid amounting to 30 per cent of the projected project cost. Furthermore, the state government will provide additional financial support of Rs 4.5 million per MW. Bidders are required to suggest a technology that is already extensively employed in commercial settings. Furthermore, the bidder must possess at least one operational project utilising this technology for a duration of at least one year, with a capacity of at least 1 MW. The developers are obligated to provide the authorisation or certificates regarding domestic content requirements for the solar cells utilised in these modules. Furthermore, it has been mandated to use indigenously manufactured solar modules listed in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers.

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