Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has invited a tender to install a 250 MW solar power plants in the state. The last date for the online submission of the bid document is 2nd January 2020. The hard copies of the same should reach the BREDA office by 3rd January as per the details in the RFP.
Solar Power Capacity and Tariff
A bidder can bid on a minimum project capacity of 25 MW and a maximum on the entire capacity. The capacity that they bid shall be the multiples of 5 MW. The tariff for the project has been capped at INR 3.15 per unit.
Earlier this year Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) had retained the tariff level of the last financial year. The normative Capacity Utilisation Factor (CUF) was 19%. Based on historical data on solar radiation in Bihar, stakeholders had requested BERC to consider 15% as a minimum CUF. However, in the absence of any authentic data provided by BREDA, the request had been turned down.
For the same reason, CUF has been retained the same in the latest bid. BREDA has instructed the developers to use such numbers of panels and equipment to maintain the minimum CUF of 19%. Lately, in the bids, the cap on solar power tariffs in India has been around INR 3. Since the solar radiation in Bihar is less and the solar sector itself has not matured enough in the state, the cap has been higher. The credit also goes to the safeguard duty on solar panels.
Currently, the range of tariffs of the operational solar power plants in the state is INR 5.85-INR 8.73. If the current bid is successfully executed the DISCOMs of Bihar will be able to procure solar power at lesser rates from next financial year onwards.
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