SECI Auctions 200 MW of Solar Projects to be Developed in Karnataka’s Pavagada

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has extended the bid submission deadline for the selection of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for developing 50 MW (10 MW x 2 blocks + 15 MW x 2 blocks) of solar projects at Pavagada Solar Park, located in Tumkur district of Karnataka.

The last date for the bid submission has been revised from December 20, 2018 to December 28, 2018. The techno-commercial bid will open on December 28, 2018.

KREDL had announced the tender earlier this month.

The scope of work includes the EPC, design, supply, erection, installation, testing, and commissioning of the project. The successful bidder will also be responsible for the O&M of the project for a period of 10 years.

The Pavagada solar park covers 13,000 acres and is expected to have total capacity of 2 GW when it is complete. To facilitate development, the park has been divided into eight blocks of 250 MW each that will have a dedicated high voltage supply lines, pooling stations, and a pooling substation for evacuation.

In January 2018, KREDL had tendered 1,200 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects to be developed at Pavagada. However, KREDL was able to auction just  550 MW of the tendered capacity due to poor response from bidders amid various ongoing uncertainties in the solar sector.

In April 2018, KREDL retendered 650 MW of grid-connected solar projects to be developed at the Pavagada Solar Park. KREDL then  awarded 250 MW of solar projects each to Fortum Corporation and Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL).

In June 2018, Mercom reported that KREDL issued a tender for the development of 150 MW (50 MW x 3 blocks) of grid connected solar projects at Pavagada.

According to Mercom India Solar Project Tracker, Karnataka has installed large-scale solar capacity of over 5.3 GW and has a development pipeline of ~2.5 GW, making it the leading solar state.