RfS for 500MW Andhra Pradesh Solar bidding and Pre-Bid meeting

The RfS for 500MW AP Solar bidding was announced on 14th August, 2014. The RfS document can be downloaded from APTRANSCO website here - http://www.aptransco.gov.in/transco/docs/whatsnew1/Solar-Bid-and-PPA.pdf The Pre-bid meeting for the bidding is scheduled to be conducted on 22nd August, 2014 from 11AM to 1PM at Vidyut Soudha, Khairatabad, Hyderabad. The notice regarding the same can be downloaded here – http://www.aptransco.gov.in/transco/docs/whatsnew1/solar-prebid.pdf All interested parties are requested to go through the RfS and get your queries clarified during the pre-bid meeting.

Andhra Pradesh to host the 2nd Save Power – Renewable Energy Exhibition

After conducting the 1st Save Power – Renewable Energy Exhibition in Cochin, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh will be hosting the 2nd Exhibition this week in association with New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP). It will provide a platform for stakeholders in Renewable Energy sector to explore new business opportunity in this state. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency products and solutions from all over the world will be showcased here for potential buyers from Utility, Independent Power Production (IPP), Captive Power Production (CPP), Industrial, Commercial and Domestic Sector. There is also a one day seminar on Solar Captive Power Plants and Industrial/ Commercial Rooftops that is being organised along with this exhibition. Dates: 3rd – 5th October, 2013 Venue: HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad Further information regarding this Exhibition including details of registration are available here and information regarding the seminar is available here.  

Andhra Pradesh Solar Bidding and Open Offer Update

Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been the most followed states in the recent times on the Solar front owing to their hugely popular 1000 MW Solar tenders (Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu) and Net Metering Policies (Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu).  As announced a couple of weeks back, Tamil Nadu is trying to expedite things resulting in close to 700 MW expected to be signed by the end of October. On the Andhra Pradesh front, while no official announcement has been made, sources indicate that close to 49 MW of PPA from 5 companies have been signed as part of the Solar bidding that was conducted in February this year. It is also learned that close to 86 MW from around 11 developers are at various stages of the process and Performance Bank Guarantees (PBG) have already been submitted for the same. In all, close to 135 MW seems to be potentially tied up in PPAs which is considerably less compared to the size of 1000 MW for which …

AP Solar Bidding Update – Responses received for 418 MW

According to an article published in The Hindu Business Line on 2nd July, APTRANSCO received offers for setting up 418 MW capacity Solar PV plants in response to the state’s solar bidding. These offers were received from 35 bidders who accepted the solar purchase price at Rs. 6.49/unit. As per this article, Letters of Intent (LOI) have been issued to 21 bidders (contributing to 144 MW) and for the remaining 14 bidders, letters are underway. The original article published in The Hindu Business Line can be accessed here. These responses for 418 MW denote a 68 MW capacity increase from the previously received responses for 350 MW (Source: The Hindu Business Line, 6th June). Of those 350 MW capacity responses received from 34 bidders, only 7 bidders (contributing to 53 MW) had accepted the price without any conditions and acceptance for the remaining 297 MW was subject to conditions. Our blogpost on this article can be read here.    

APTRANSCO receives responses for 350 MW

After the issuance of a letter inviting bidders to submit responses for a tariff of Rs.6.49/unit last month, APTRANSCO received responses for 350 MW as per the article on Business Line this Thursday. While the responses have been received for 350 MW, it is not the case that the 34 bidders who contributed to this number have accepted the price unconditionally. As per information available, only 7 bidders (contributing to 53 MW) seem to have accepted without any conditions. The remaining 297 MW from 27 bidders were accepted subject to conditions such as change in location, capacity and if possible, price too. As per unconfirmed reports, Essel Mining and Industries Ltd. and Sunborne Energy Services India Pvt. Ltd. contributed to 40 MW out of the confirmed 53 MW. A German company (name not available) agreed to another 5 MW and rest of the 8 MW-odd capacity was accepted by 3-4 bidders in the 1-2 MW range. While many in the industry are still trying to figure out how a tariff of Rs.6.49/unit can work …

AP’s new Net Metering policy – Grid interactive rooftop and small SPV plants

The government of Andhra Pradesh released a  government order, GO MS. No. 22, to provide net metering facility to the consumers. You can download the original document HERE.   Guidelines for implementation: Only for 3 phase service consumers. Single phase consumers are not eligible. Consumer will generate solar power for self consumption and feed excess power into the grid. The meter records net energy between export of generated energy and import of DISCOM energy for a billing month. Alternately, it can record both the import and export values and the net energy for the billing period can be calculated. In a billing month, if there is a net import you pay the applicable retail supply tariff decided by the concerned DISCOM. If there is a net export, you wont get paid for it. The consumer/SPV generator also has to set up a protection system on their premises with “Islanding” for events like grid failures The entire cost of metering arrangement and accessories are to be paid by the consumer. The consumer needs to submit …

Andhra Pradesh Solar – Commercial Bid details

…[Update 1 - 7th March, 2013: Name of Location No.14 should be Pedatadepalli and not Jangareddygudem as mentioned in all the PQ/Technical bid/Commercial bid excel sheet made available at the time of bidding. Jangareddygudem is the name of Location No.13. ]… …[Update 2 - 7th March, 2013: Details of L1 bidders at each location have been published]… …[Update 3 - 23rd March, 2013: L1 bidder for Peddashankarampeta (Location No.75) has been updated from Astonfield Renewables Pvt. Ltd. (Bid Price: Rs.7.48/Kwh) to Essel Mining and Industries Ltd. (Bid Price: Rs.6.5299/Kwh)]…   As previously announced, APTRANSCO held a meeting on 5th March, 2013 for Price Bid opening for the recently concluded AP Solar bidding. [Check out our previous blogpost containing Technical Bid analysis here.] During the meeting, APTRANSCO announced list of bidders who are technically qualified. 181 out of the original 184 bidders have been announced as technically qualified. Check out the APTRANSCO document containing the complete list here. It may come as a surprise to a lot of bidders that 3 new companies – …

AP Solar bidding – List of bidders, bid location and capacity details: Updated on 6th March, 2013

…[Updated 1: Total Bid Capacity has been updated from 1339.5 MW to 1354.5 MW owing to addition of new information which was not available previously - 15 MW bid by Swiss Park Vanijya Pvt. Ltd. added to the list]… …[Updated 2 - 6th March, 2013: Total Bid Capacity has been updated from 1354.5 MW to 1712 MW owing to addition of new information which was not available previously i.e. details about Dayton Energy, Shree Surya Tejaswi Energies Projects, Indwell Constructions, K.V.Green Energies, Soma Surya, Raghava Constructions, Brilliant Bio Biopharma, Alliance Prosys India, ACME Tele Power, NCS Sugars, Tesla Projects  added to the list]… …[Updated 3 - 6th March, 2013: This post has been updated with latest figures based on new developments post APTRANSCO Price Bid Opening meeting on 5th March, 2013]… …[Update 4 - 7th March, 2013: Name of Location No.14 should be Pedatadepalli and not Jangareddygudem as mentioned in all the PQ/Technical bid/Commercial bid excel sheet made available at the time of bidding. Jangareddygudem is the name of Location No.13. ]…   [Check …

APTRANSCO postpones AP Solar bid submission deadline in the last moment

In an announcement made at 9:40 PM last night (6th February, 2013), APTRANSCO has extended the last date for submission of bids to AP Solar tender to 15th February, 2013. Here is the link to the announcement – http://www.aptransco.gov.in/webdata/solar-bid-extension.pdf The same can also be checked in the latest Corrigendum updated for the tender on eprocurement website. The disappointing fact as per the corrigendum updated in the eprocurement website is that bidders are now to ensure that BG for EMD is valid for 120 days from 15th February, 2013 as opposed to the previous reference date of 7th February, 2013. All those who have already submitted their bids or have taken BGs will be at a loss if the same is applicable to them too. Kindly call APTRANSCO for clarifications regarding the same. Here is the list of timelines after deadline extension: Deadline for bid submission: 3 pm on 15th February, 2013 Pre-Qualification Bid Opening Date: 3 pm on 16th February, 2013 Price Bid Opening Date: 3 pm on 1st March, …

Excerpts from the 1000 MW AP Solar Pre-bid meeting

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– This is a follow up post to the article summarising the model Rfs document released by AP for procurement of 1000 MW of Solar Energy. You can view the original article here: http://efficientcarbon.com/blog/salient-points-of-andhra-pradesh-1000-mw-solar-rfs-document ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Location: Vidyut Soudha, Khairatabad, Hyderabad Duration of the meeting: Meeting was conducted in 3 batches with each lasting for 1-1.5 hours. No. of people attended: 500+ (Whoa!!)   Long day at APTRANSCO office today. Here are the updates of what happened at the pre-bid meeting. The meeting was poorly planned as, clearly, dividing the whole bunch of 500+ attendees into 3 different groups ticked off people who were waiting since morning but were asked to attend the 3rd batch of the meeting just because they were from Hyderabad (this included us). Preference was given to those who have come from outside of Hyderabad so that they can leave early owing to their plans to travel back. Finally, when the meeting (3rd batch) kicked off at 1:30 PM, APTRANSCO officials announced a few important points from the discussions …

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