The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has floated a tender for a 32 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be developed in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh. This is an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract and the project will be developed on turnkey basis. The bid-submission deadline is January 29, 2019.
The project completion timeframe will be 12 months from the date of issue of letter of award of contract. The scope of work includes the design, engineering, procurement, manufacturing, quality assurance, testing, insurance, supply, installation, commissioning, and comprehensive operation and maintenance of the project for a 10-year period.
The successful bidder is also expected to develop 132 kV power evacuation equipment at Village Parasan, Kalpi, Jalaun District, Uttar Pradesh.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, the NHPC has so far tendered 162 MW of solar projects including a 30 MW solar PV project in Jalaun Uttar Pradesh, another 50 MW solar project in Uttar Pradesh and a 50 MW project in Tamil Nadu.
The NHPC signed a memorandum of understanding in 2015 with the Solar Energy Corporation of India to set up 250 MW of solar projects in the country. NHPC has also made a commitment to the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy to set up a minimum of 430 MW of renewable energy projects in the next five years as part of the Green Energy Commitment.
In March 2018, NHPC commissioned the 50 MW grid-connected solar project in Theni and Dindigul districts of Tamil Nadu. Larsen & Toubro had won the contract to develop the 50 MW grid-connected solar project in Tamil Nadu in June 2017.
In July 2018, the NHPC also received the go-ahead signal from State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) for 260 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed in Bihar.
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.