MSEDCL’s 1 GW Solar Tender Oversubscribed by 450 MW

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL)’s 1 GW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) tender has been oversubscribed by 450 MW.

“In all, eight project developers had submitted technical bids aggregating 1,450 MW for this tender,” an MSEDCL official told Mercom, confirming the development.

“Azure Power bid for 150 MW, Tata for 150 MW, and Shapoorji & Pallonji for 180 MW. ReNew Power, ACME and Avada Power bid for 250 MW each. Adani bid for 200 MW and Technique Solaire bid for 20 MW,” added the MSEDCL official.

MSEDCL’s 1 GW Solar Tender Oversubscribed by 450 MWThe MSEDCL had retendered 1,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects in order to meet its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) in April 2018.

MSEDCL had initially tendered the projects in December 2017 in order to help it meet its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO). However, the bid-submission deadline was later postponed due to poor and unenthusiastic response from project developers in face of looming regulatory uncertainties.

An MSEDCL official had told Mercom back then, “MSEDCL had organized a meeting and then we decided to cancel the December tender due to poor response. This is a retendering of the same.”

When asked whether MSEDCL is satisfied with the technical bids received this time, the MSEDCL official said, “All that will be known and decided once the financial bids are opened. Oversubscription of tender is a positive sign, but we will have to wait to see what the tariffs quoted are in order to go ahead with the implementation.”

“If MSEDCL is not comfortable with tariffs quoted in the financial bidding round, there is a chance that they may scrap the auction like GUVNL did a few weeks ago and retender.  This is becoming a recurring theme as tariff trajectory has moved upwards due to an increase in module prices and the uncertainty around the possible imposition of a safeguard duty.” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.

In April 2018, approximately 1.3 GW of new solar projects were tendered, over 1.6 GW was retendered, and only 40 MW of solar was auctioned across the country, according to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker.

Recently, Mercom had also reported that Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL)’s 500 MW grid-connected solar PV tender with greenshoe option was oversubscribed by over three times. GUVNL had announced the tender in February 2018 to fulfill its RPO and to meet the future requirements of distribution companies (DISCOMs) in the state.

Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.