Rewa gets ready for 750-Mw solar park
The government of Madhya Pradesh is inviting tenders for a 750-megawatt (Mw) solar energy park at Rewa. The World Bank-supported project is to be split into three units of grid-mounted solar photovoltaic power plants of 250 Mw each. State-owned Madhya PradeshUrjaVikas Nigamhas joined hands with Solar Energy Corporation of India to form an equal-stakes venture, Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd, implementing agency for the project. The three units will be developed on a pre-identified land parcel inside the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Project.A two-stage bidding process will be conducted. The final selection will be through reverse bidding for rates, with no viability gap funding, over an e-bidding platform. The process is likely to be over by June. Those selected will sign a power purchase agreement with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Madhya Pradesh Power Management Corporation (MPPMCL). The former is committed to buy 121 million units (kwh) from each of the three units; MPPMCL will book 80 per cent of the generation capacity. So far, bidding for solar energy parks have been conducted in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Though Karnataka is said to be developing the biggest solar park, with 2,000 Mw capacity in Tumakuru district, the Rewa park will be the largest contiguous project with a single evacuation point.