The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for the implementation of grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems on buildings of India’s Central Public Works Department (CPWD), in various states across India.
Successful bidders will be responsible for design, engineering, manufacture, supply, storage, civil work, erection, testing and commissioning of the projects as well as operation and maintenance for a period of 25 years after commissioning.
Eligible projects will range up to 500kW and will cover one roof only of each CPWD building. A fixed subsidy of INR12 million (US$180,492) per MW will be made available to the successful bidder.
The maximum levelized tariff for the projects will be INR7/kWh and shall not exceed INR6/kWh in the first three years.
The states with the highest allocation of rooftop capacity under the SECI tender are:
- 10MW in Delhi and West Bengal
- 5MW in Uttar Pradesh
- 2MW in Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra
A pre-bid conference shall be held on 17 September at the SECI office in New delhi. The deadline for bid proposals is 8 October this year.
SECI has been designated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) as an implementing agency for its pilot scheme for the promotion of large-scale grid-connected roof top solar PV on buildings of the CPWD, which is also known as the Ministry of Urban Development.
In other news, PV developer SunEdison announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu state government to develop 2GW of solar and wind power in the state over the next five years. A recent PV Tech analysis looked in depth at how valuable MoUs really are, especially inthe case of India.
SunEdison has a target of 15.2GW of renewable energy in India by 2022.
MNRE has targeted 40GW of solar by 2022, as part fo its wider 100GW solar target.