Bids Invited for 18 MW of Solar Projects in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh

The Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has invited bids for a cumulative capacity of 18 MW of grid-connected solar power projects at four locations of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) on a build, own, and operate basis.

The successful bidder will be responsible for supplying power to the BBMB as per the terms and conditions of the power purchase agreement (PPA).

The details of the projects are given below:

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The last date to submit the bids is December 30, 2021. Bids will be opened on December 31.


Bidders will have to pay ₹500,000 (~$6,615)/MW as an earnest money deposit. The successful bidder will have to furnish an amount of ₹1 million (~$13,231)/MW as a performance bank guarantee.

The solar projects are to be commissioned within 13 months from the date of the signing of the PPA.

The bidder should only use modules listed in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The successful bidder has to set up the solar project on the land of BBMB. The developer will have to sign a rent agreement with the BBMB for 27 years, i.e., 25 years of the agreement, 13-month installation, and six months for land vacation. BBMB will provide land to the solar developer at a rent of ₹100 (~$1.32)/acre annually.

The bidder should have installed and commissioned at least one grid-connected project with a capacity of 5 MW or higher, which should have been in operation for at least one year before the bid submission date.

The bidder should deploy commercially successful and operational technology wherein at least one project of the proposed technology should have been in operation for at least one year before the bid submission date.

The bidder’s net worth should be equal to or greater than ₹7 million (~$92,618)/MW of the quoted capacity, as on the last date of the previous financial year.

The declared capacity utilization factor (CUF) should not be less than 21%. The developer should maintain generation to achieve annual CUF within + 10% and -15% of the declared value until the end of ten years, subject to the CUF remaining at a minimum of 19% and within +10% and -20% of the declared value of the CUF after that until the end of 25 years.

In September last year, PEDA, on behalf of the BBMB, invited bids to develop a 2 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker, PEDA has issued tender for 335 MW of solar projects to date.