REC Power Trading Company Tenders 10 MW of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar in Assam

REC Power Trading Company Limited (RECPDCL) has tendered 10 MW of rooftop solar on behalf of Assam Power Distribution Company (APDCL). The APDCL has set a target of 250 MW for the installation of grid-connected rooftop solar PV in Assam in next five years. In the first phase, APDCL selected RECPDCL as Project Management Consultant (PMC) for the implementation of 10 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects.

The projects will be developed under a capital expenditure (CAPEX) model for APDCL. The bid submission deadline is February 15, 2017. Projects are expected to be complete within 15 months of receipt of letter of award.

The projects to be developed are divided into two categories: Category A - projects between 1 kW and 25 kW, and Category B - projects between 25 kW and 500 kW. A single bidder can be awarded up to 40 percent capacity in a category.

The developers scope of work includes identifying buildings for projects, obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from concerned APDCLs office for grid connectivity, as well as design, engineering, supply, storage, civil work, installation, testing, and commissioning. Additionally, the scope of work will include comprehensive maintenance of the project for a period of five years after commissioning.

The project developers can avail central finance assistance (CFA) of 70 percent of the project cost. CFA will not be available to private, commercial and industrial sectors. The generated solar power will be utilized for captive application and the surplus power will be fed to the grid. This tender does not cover government buildings and government Institutions.

Net metering and grid connectivity under this program will be in accordance with the current guidelines of APDCL and/or CEA/ Regulatory Commission. The cost of net metering shall be borne by the beneficiary. However, facilitating the implementation of net metering, through tasks such as the submission of application in concerned APDCLs office, follow up and coordinating will be the bidders responsibility.

According to Mercoms India Solar Project Tracker, as of December 2016, 605 MW of rooftop solar has been commissioned in India.




In the seven months from April to October in financial year (FY) 2016-17, export and import activity totaling $1.22 billion (~Rs.83.22 billion) was registered in the Indian solar sector$ 1.22 billion (~Rs.83.22 billion) worth of export and import activity took place in the solar sector. This wasis $ 1,002 bmillion (~Rs.68.35 billion) more compared to import and export activity worth $ 224 million (~Rs.15.28 billion) in the same period in 2015.[W1] [saumy2] 

During the seven-month period India exported solar modules and cells worth $56 million (~Rs.3.82 billion) and imported solar modules and cells worth $ 1.17 billion (~Rs.79.81 billion). Compared to the same period in 2015, solar imports have grown by 40 percent, whereas exports have declined by 22 percent, down from the $72 million (~Rs.4.91billion) worth of exports in the same period in 2015.

If just the import and export activity for the month of October for 2015 and 2016 is considered, iImports rose have risen by 10 percent and exports dropped have gone down by 84 percent in the month of October 2016 compared to October 2015.

 [W1]Are we supposed to combine imports and exports?

 [saumy2]Yes, we do so all the time.

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