MCGM To Procure Clean Energy From 20 MW Hydroelectric & 80 MW Floating Solar Project; 70 MW EESL Solar Tender For Goa; MNRE Refuses Commissioning Deadline Extension For COVID-19 Impacted RE Projects; KPI Global Signs Corporate Solar PPAs for 13.15 MW Capacity
Floating solar project for Mumbai: The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has approved a proposal to set up a hybrid power project with 20 MW hydroelectric and 80 MW floating solar power capacity. It will be set up by a joint venture between Shapoorji Pallonji & Company and Mahalaxmi Konal Urja, according to a report by Mercom India Research, and will be set up on the Middle Vaitarna Dam, making it the 1st civic body in the country to develop such a project. The project will generate 208 million units (MU) of electricity for MCGM to buy for INR 4.75 ($0.065) per kWh, and save it INR 240 million ($3.28 million) in power bills, the civic body claimed. MCGM had launched a tender for this project in November 2020 (see India PV News Snippets: MCGM, RE-Invest 2020, EESL, Adani).
EESL launches 70 MW solar tender for Goa: The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has launched a solar power tender for 70 MW capacity to be installed across various locations in Goa in the form of decentralized solar power generating systems with a maximum capacity of 10 MW at a single location on open, unused lands. Broad scope of work defined includes design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, commissioning and 12-year O&M of the project. The offered capacity of 70 MW is divided into 3 lots of 25 MW, 25 MW and 20 MW. Last date to submit bids is February 26, 2021 according to the tender notice. Project will be helmed by the newly formed EESL subsidiary Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) headed by Mahua Acharya (see Mahua Acharya To Lead Convergence Energy For EESL).
No extension for COVID-19 impacted projects: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has refused to extend the commissioning deadline for renewable energy projects impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an office memorandum issued, the ministry clearly said it has allowed blanket extensions for such projects without case to case examinations and without checking any documents, but would not be entertaining the request for another 5-month extension. It added thought that further extension beyond 5 months can be granted by implementing agencies in exceptional cases after due diligence and careful consideration of the specific circumstances of the case. Having agreed to treat COVID-19 pandemic as a force majeure event, the ministry had in August 2020 granted 5-month extension for renewable energy projects disrupted due to the related lockdown measures in place in the country, valid from March 25, 2020 to August 24, 2020, extending it from the previous deadline of May 31, 2020 (see 5-Month Extension For RE Project Commissioning In India).
KPI Global secures PPAs for 13.15 MW PV capacity: Corporate procurement of solar power seems to be gaining ground in India as businesses wake up to the cost saving potential of solar PV technology. The solar vertical of KP Group of Gujarat, KPI Global Infrastructure Limited has signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with 20-year validity for 13.15 MW solar power capacity under independent power producer (IPP) business with a number of customers. In a stock exchange filing, the company disclosed the names of the offtakers as Cadila Healthcare Limited, Ginni Filaments Limited, Palsana Enviro Protection Limited, Pratibha Fabrics Limited, Sachin Paper Mills Private Limited, Yes Fashions Private Limited, United Phosphorous Limited, and Super Deluxe Paper Mills Private Limited.