Report Finds Municipalities Could Boost Rooftop Solar Adoption Using Bonds

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a tender to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 500 kW at various locations of Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL) located in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. The bid submission deadline is May 8, 2019.

The KBUNL is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC which owns and operates the 610 MW thermal power station located at Kanti block of Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. This is an engineering procurement construction (EPC) tender, and the scope of work includes the design, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of rooftop solar PV projects totaling 500 kW. The successful bidder will also provide operation and maintenance services for five years from the date of the trial run of the rooftop solar PV systems.

The successful bidder will also provide system guarantee or warranty for five years. NTPC has stated that the solar PV modules must conform to IEC 61215/IS14286 standards and the capacity of each module must be a minimum of 240 watts.

Bidders will have to submit an earnest money deposit of ₹500,000 (~$7254.75). The project completion timeframe is six months from the date of award of the contract.

Lately, NTPC has been on a spree to solarize its thermal power plants and townships spread across the country. For instance, in the first week of this month, NTPC issued a tender for the installation of 3 MW of solar PV projects at its Kahalgaon unit, located in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.

Recently, it also issued a tender to install a 900-kW rooftop solar PV system at NTPC-Bongaigaon thermal power project in Kokrajhar district of Assam. Then in January 2019, it issued a solicitation for 20 MW of grid-connected floating solar projects at its Anta gas power station in Rajasthan.

In December 2018, the NTPC had issued three tenders for floating solar projects- 100 MW at NTPC Ramagundam, located in Telangana; 25 MW  at NTPC Simhadri, located in Andhra Pradesh; and 20 MW at the reservoir of NTPC Auraiya gas power plant.

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.