With Only Two Bidders, Maharashtra’s 500 MW Solar Tender Undersubscribed by 150 MW

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) recent tender for the long-term procurement of power from 500 MW of intra-state grid-connected solar power projects (Phase – V) has been undersubscribed.

The tender received bids amounting to 350 MW against the 500 MW tendered. Avaada Energy and Tata Power quoted for 250 MW and 100 MW respectively.

The request for selection (RfS) for this 500 MW of solar power was issued in December 2019.

MSEDCL - Phase-V 500 MW Intra State Solar PV Projects

The MSEDCL had set a ceiling tariff of ₹2.90 (~$0.041)/kWh for this tender. The RfS said that bids must be for a minimum project capacity of 5 MW.


The RfS had also stated that the developers must declare the capacity utilization factor (CUF) of their project at the time of signing the power purchase agreement (PPA) and will not be allowed to change it within the first year of the commercial operation date (COD). The CUF is expected to be at least 19% over a year.

The developers are also mandated to identify 100% of the land required for the project at the time of financial closure. If private land is leased for the project, the lease should allow the transfer of land to the procurer, in case of default of the solar power developer.

Projects developed in the solar park will be given 15 months to commission the project. Projects developed outside a solar park have to be commissioned within 18 months.

This new tender issued by a state distribution licensee adds to other state tenders which were undersubscribed.

Recently, The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) also announced the list of technical bidders for the purchase of power from 500 MW of grid-connected solar projects (Phase VIII). Tata PowerJuniper Green, and Vena Energy quoted their bids to develop 200 MW, 190 MW, and 40 MW respectively. By receiving a total to 430 MW of technical bids, the tender was undersubscribed by 70 MW.

Similarly, Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency’s (UPNEDA) 500 MW solar tender was also undersubscribed by 268 MW. The non-availability of adequate evacuation facilities in the Bundelkhand region where the projects are to be developed could be a reason for the lack of interest from developers; the source told Mercom. In September 2019, the UPNEDA had issued a request for proposal for the procurement of 500 MW of power from grid-connected solar PV projects.

 

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