Karnataka renewable energy implementing agency, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL), tendered 200 MW of solar power development project proposed at Pavagada Solar Park with September 20, 2017, designated as the deadline.
Scope of work
The scope of work in this engineering procurement and construction (EPC) tender includes, design, engineering, procurement, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of the 200 MW solar project.
The successful bidder will develop associated transmission system for connection to grid and provide operation and maintenance services for a contract period of 10 years. A single bidder can bid for the entire capacity.
Located in the nondescript region of Pavagada, although less than 200 km from the state capital Bengaluru, the region is part of a large semi-arid tract in eastern Karnataka’s border district of Tumkur, which sits on an elevated plateau with rocky hills all around. Karnataka government has had to declare the region drought-hit 54 times in past 60 years.
Pavagada park’s development is anchored by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Ltd (KSPDCL), an entity formed in March 2015 as a joint venture between Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), uses the “plug and play” model, under which it acquires and develops land as solar power generation blocks, embedded with the required government sanctions and gives it out to solar power developers (SPDs) through auctions.
Work in progress
Plot allocation has already been completed for 600 MW capacity. Six SPDs—Yarrow Infrastructure, Parampujya Solar Energy Pvt. Ltd, FortumFinnsurya Energy Pvt. Ltd, ACME Solar Holdings Pvt. Ltd, Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd and Renew Power—have taken over the land holdings and the work is on.
The rest of the plots are in various stages of tendering.
The SPDs have signed power purchase agreements with electricity supply companies which are drafted in a way that the escoms get 90% of the power generated from the park, at a bundled tariff ranging between Rs 3.50 and Rs 4.50 a unit.