Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) has set a target of 250MW capacity of grid-connected solar rooftop plants in the state of Assam within the next 5 years. In an aim to make a stronger push in the direction of achieving that APDCL has appointed RECPDCL as the Project Management Consultant for implementing rooftop solar projects of 10MW capacity. As with every initiative to push solar, the aim here is to reduce the dependency on the fossil-based electricity and make the state as self-reliant as possible. Extra power produced by the plants set up under the scheme will be fed back to the grid.
On behalf of APDCL, RECPDC has invited bids in two categories from the interested solar companies. These bids are for the Category A and Category B, where Category A houses individual projects between 1 to 25 kWp and Category B has projects between 25 and 500 kWp. Both the categories has been tentatively assigned a capacity of 5MWp. It has been made mandatory that anyone who wishes to participate in the bidding has to bid for the category A and subsequently may decide to bid in category B. The tender will not cover government buildings, so the likes of Central or State Government offices, PSUs, Government Educational Institutes or Health institutes cannot be used for installing the panels. The eligible categories are: Residential, Institutional and Social Sector. The building details are below:
The projects will be based on CAPEX models and the bidders have until February 15th to send their bids in. It has been mandated that the project must be completed in 15 months post the date of the award. A single bidder can at best be awarded 40% of capacity in any of the two categories. Net metering and grid connectivity will be in accordance to the current regulatory commission guidelines. Project developers are not just expected to identify buildings and obtaining the requisite permissions, designing the system and commissioning it but also mandatorily have to supply services for maintenance of the plant for five years. A 70% Central Finance Assistance on the project cost is available for the developers except for the private, commercial and industrial sectors.
The tender joins the 1000MW tender floated by SECI as yet another strong example of the efforts that the various government agencies are making in order to make solar rooftop a household name. With APDCL making it compulsory for every bidder to participate in the Category A, it mandatorily pushes the propagation of smaller scale rooftop plants especially for the residential sector. We feel that it is a great initiative to ensure that small scale distributed solar is given a push to involve and bring on board smaller residential players. If you are reading this in Assam and would like to make the most of this opportunity, make sure that you Register your Rooftop with MYSUN so that when the developers are looking for the rooftops for the project, you are able to make the most of the opportunity.
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