Solar Energy Corporation of India/ MNRE has conducted Pre Bid meeting on 19th November 2013 and subsequent meeting with banks and financing institutions was also held on 20th November 2013. The response to JNNSM phase II, Batch I, 750 MW grid connected solar project was tremendous and it is expected that this bid will be over-subscribed. The bidding for 750 MW shall be in two parts of 375 MW each. In one part 375 MW shall be domestic modules and remaining 375 MW shall be with other modules manufactures.
Developers raised various questions to MNRE/SECI and crucial clarifications are as follows.
- The developers can bid for an identified land in a state, however, there is a provision of change of location with in state after for the actual development.
- As per the RFS, SECI wanted the first charge of the assets in the event of payment defaults. However, SECI has agreed to give first charge of assets to financing institutions and will be accepting the second charge of assets.
- Selection of technology: Any proven technology, which is operational anywhere in the world at least for one year will be allowed to use.
- Open access charges: SECI will bear the Open Access charges. The developer’s responsibility is only upto injection point. There is no wheeling charges payable by the developer.
- Domestic content requirement: The domestic content cell should also be manufactured on India. This means the manufactures of solar cells can import the wafers and subsequent operations such as doping, itching, cell development and module lamination should be done within the country.
- Land Lease: The solar project developers can consider a comfort letter of land availability. However, the land lease agreement can be submitted at the time of financial closure of the project. In some states the land use conversation (NA conversion) takes significant time. MNRE is considering to relax this requirement and allow the developers to get NA conversation at later date. It is mentioned on the RFS that issuance of VGF is linked with NA conversation in the RFS.
- Registration requirement from state government: The stake holders raise the issue that some of the state’s charge registration fee for the solar project. This registration fee is significant in some of the states. MNRE is going to take up this issue with the state governments.
- There is a requirement in RFS that developers need to provide a letter for grid connectivity from state transmission utility (STU). Many times the STU provides conditional letter for grid connectivity. MNRE noted this issue and will take up with respective STU’s for issuing a letter for grid connectivity to the solar project developers with in the given time frame. Many times on a single location, there are number of solar project developers are bidding, which increase the overall MW feasible to be connected with the respective substation. MNRE noted this issue and will take up with STU’s meeting.
- Transmission line pooing: MNRE will allow transmission line pooling by different solar project developers and separate metering arrangement can be proposed with a common pooling agreement.
- Surplus electricity: In the event of surplus electricity generated by solar project developer, SECI will have the first right to buy the surplus power. However, in case of refusal of SECI of surplus power, the solar project developer will be allowed to sale power in open market and then also avail the benefits of REC.
Published by : Firstgreen team