Tender Issued for 20 GWh of Solar Power Via Open Access by Tamil Nadu Milk Co-operative

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The Tamil Nadu Cooperative Milk Producers Federation (Aavin) has issued a tender to procure 20 GWh of solar power per year through open access projects for five years.

The contracted energy for each year of the contracted period will be 21.09 million units.

Bidders must be able to supply at least 1 MW or 4,000 units per day to the grid. The estimated value of the contract is ₹456.2 million (~$5.72 million).

The last day to submit the bids is October 17, 2022. The bids will be opened on October 18.


Bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of ₹4.56 million (~$57,186).

The Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers Federation represents 25 district co-operative milk producers’ unions. The 20 GWh of solar power is being procured to meet the annual power requirement of its three metro dairies, product dairy and dairy with powder plant.

To be eligible, bidders should either be solar project developers or owners and operators of existing solar projects. Power traders with a back-to-back arrangement with solar generators can also participate in the bid.

Bidders should have installed and commissioned at least 1 MW of grid-connected solar projects in the last five years. The project should have been commissioned six months before the bid opening date.

Bidders who own and operate existing solar projects must furnish the certificate of commissioning as documentary evidence. The project must have an untied capacity sufficient to meet the contracted capacity requirement.

Power traders must have executed at least 1 MW of power purchase agreements for renewable energy in the last five years before the bid submission date. The solar project from where they intend to supply the power should have untied capacity sufficient to meet the contracted capacity requirement.

The average annual sales turnover for the last three financial years must equal the value of solar power quoted.

Bidders will be responsible for obtaining all permits, approvals, licenses, clearances, and insurances for the generation and supply of power from the proposed power station through open access.

In case the actual energy supplied in any month is less than 6% of the annual contracted energy, bidders must pay the penalty at the rate of 25% of the quoted tariff during such month. The same will apply to any shortfall in actual energy supplied during a year.

Recently, Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers Federation invited bids for installing and commissioning 100 MW of solar power projects under the group captive model for KMF and its other member unions.

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