Can Solar Kits Propel the Growth of Residential Rooftop Market in India?

The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has issued a tender for 1,082.16 kW  of rooftop and small solar power projects at various power stations of NHPC in Himachal Pradesh.

These projects will be located in Chamera-I (155 kW), Chamera-II, (230 kW), Parbati-II (125 kW), and Parbati-III (500 kW and 72.16 kW).

The successful bidder will get nine months for commissioning of the project and will be required to provide operation and maintenance services for five years.

The last date for the submission of bids is March 19, 2019. The technical bids will open on March 26, 2019.

To be eligible to bid, a bidder should have successfully completed a solar power project on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis for at least 866 kW capacity or two solar power projects of at least 541 kW capacity each in the last five years. It should also have an annual turnover of at least ₹150 million (~$2.09 million) in any last three financial years.

Recently, NHPC also floated a tender for a 32 MW solar project to be developed in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, 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 projects to be developed in Bihar.