NTPC Limited has invited bids for a consultant’s appointment for technical due-diligence of operational solar assets of target companies received through a global request for proposal (RFP) process.
The last date to submit the bids is December 22, 2020, and the opening of bids will also take place on December 22, 2020.
According to the tender document, as a part of the evaluation, NTPC wants to engage technical consultants to evaluate these renewable assets. The technical consultant will be required to adhere to the non-disclosure agreement throughout the bidding process.
Earlier in July this year, NTPC floated a request for proposal to acquire 1 GW of operational solar projects across India. Promoters, lenders, authorized financial intermediaries of power generation companies, independent power producers, and developers were eligible to participate in the tender.
This move is in line with NTPC’s plans to expand its renewable energy portfolio to 32 GW by 2032, constituting nearly 25% of its all power generation capacity.
According to Mercom’s 9M and Q3 Solar Funding and M&A Report, project acquisition activity was up 52% in 9M 2020, with 24.3 GW of solar projects acquired, compared to 16 GW acquired during the same period last year. 9.5 GW of solar projects were acquired in Q3 2020, 244% higher than 2.8 GW in Q2 2020. Investment firms were the most active project acquirers in Q3 2020, picking up 4.2 GW, followed by project developers and independent power producers, who acquired 3.8 GW of projects.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker, NTPC has so far floated tenders for 14.6 GW of large-scale power projects.
Earlier, NTPC’s tender for setting up 1.2 GW of Interstate Transmission System connected solar projects met with an enthusiastic response from the developers. The tender was oversubscribed by 500 MW. In February, NTPC had floated an invitation for bids to select solar power developers to set up 1.2 GW ISTS-connected solar projects.
Rakesh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.