Bid submission date for 5,000 MW solar projects likely to be extended


Bid submission date for 5,000 MW solar projects likely to be extended

The date of submission of bids for 5,000 MW inter-state transmission system (ISTS)-based solar projects (2000 MW and 3000 MW capacity) under the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is likely to be extended by a couple of weeks. A pre-bid meeting decided to issue revised tender documents. The last date for submission of bids for 2,000 MW (8×250 MW) was May 25, while that for 3000 MW (12×250 MW) was June 5.

According to people present at the meeting, developers wanted the maximum size of solar plant per bid to be enhanced to 300 MW from 250 MW offered in the tender. The SECI, with consent of the Ministry of Power, has identified substations of around 36,000 MW capacity across the country that may be considered for substation-based bidding under the ISTS. However, bidders who want to independently connect their substations to nearest central transmission utility (CTU), would be free to do so, they noted.

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