Encouraged by the successful implementation of solar projects in states like Karnataka and Gujarat, the Uttar Pradesh government led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath is planning to invite bids for 100 MW of solar power projects by March. The bids are for projects on open access basis to be set up in the Bundelkhand region, a senior state ministry official said. UP chief secretary Rajiv Kumar told FE: “We plan to invite bids for solar projects in the Bundelkhand region in the next three-months. The projects will be based on an open access, as defined under the UP Solar Policy 2017.” A further confirmation and details were shared by Alok Kumar, state principal secretary (energy). “Our Solar Power Policy 2017 has clear provisions for open access and we are inviting bids for 100 MW of solar projects in Bundelkhand by March,” he said.
Leading players like Adani Group, Tata Power Solar, ReNew Power and Hero Future Energies are likely to be interested in the projects to be offered in UP, suggested an industry player. The state government has separately invited tenders for the selection of consultancy firms for establishment of a project management unit to assist UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) in implementation of the state’s Solar Power Policy 2017. The last date for submission of e-tenders is January 14 and the online technical e-tender opening date is January 15. The financial tender opening date for qualified bidders is January 30.
The Uttar Pradesh Solar Power Policy 2017 targets implementation of 10,700 MW of grid-connected solar power projects by the end of 2022. Of the total capacity, 4,300 MW is targeted to be achieved through deployment of grid connected rooftop projects, and 6,400 MW through ground mounted utility scale power projects.