Jodhpur DISCOM Invites Bids for 150 MW Solar Projects Under KUSUM

Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam (JDVVNL) has invited bids to develop 66 solar power projects with an aggregate capacity of 150.26 MW under Component-C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) program, in Bawari and Hatundi subdivisions of Mathania Division under Jodhpur Circle.

The successful bidder must oversee the project’s operation and maintenance for 25 years. They will also have to provide a remote monitoring system.

The estimated project cost is ₹35 million (~$420,250)/ MW.

The last date to submit the bids is November 9, 2023. Bids will be opened on November 16.

Bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of ₹100,000 (~$1,200)/ MW of the quoted capacity. Selected bidders must furnish ₹500,000 (~$6,003)/ MW of the allotted capacity as a performance bank guarantee.

The solar power generator must enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with JDVVNL for 25 years from the project’s commercial operation date.

The project must be completed within nine months of signing the PPA.

The developer must connect the projects with an 11 kV substation as the delivery point for projects up to 2.55 MW and 33 kV substations for projects above 2.55 MW.

The selected bidder must ensure a minimum capacity utilization factor of 19%.

The successful bidder will be eligible for central finance assistance at 30% of the estimated installation cost, which is ₹10.5 million (~$126,075)/MW, as per program guidelines issued by MNRE.

The bidder can be a sole bidder or a joint venture of up to two members. A bidder can submit a bid for one or more than one solar project listed in the bid document.

For landowners, farmers, or any individual with or without required land for the project, an undertaking certifying ownership of movable and immovable assets worth at least 20% of the total cost of the quoted capacity by the bidder must be submitted.

Individuals or firms should have a minimum annual average turnover of at least 30% of the total cost of quoted capacity in the last three financial years.

JDVVNL has mandated using domestically manufactured modules listed on the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Earlier, JDVVNL floated a tender for installing and commissioning 45.8 MW grid-connected solar power projects in various subdivisions of Pali Circle under Component C of the PM-KUSUM program.

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