The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has announced that it has issued a tender for registering solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers and suppliers. The registered manufacturers or suppliers will supply modules for NTPC’s self-owned solar PV projects.
Last date of submitting the registration application is December 11, 2018. The scope of work includes the manufacture, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, and storage at the project site.
The specification for the solar PV modules must be crystalline with a minimum 300 Wp nominal rating and thin film based with a minimum 112.5 Wp nominal rating.
This is an international tender and any module manufacturer or supplier can partake, says NTPC official.
The NTPC official also added, “Once the vendors are registered, we will issue tenders for the supply of solar PV modules for particular projects where they will participate.”
“Now, even for EPC contracts, there has been a minor alteration in how NTPC awards contracts, in order to focus on escalating the quality. Now for self-owned projects, the NTPC will be procuring modules separately and awarding the remaining contract to an EPC contractor,” added the official.
According to reports, NTPC has 874 MW of commissioned solar projects in the country. In the recent auction for 550 MW of solar projects by the Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA), NTPC quoted the lowest tariff of Rs.3.02 ($0.0431)/kWh to develop 85 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects. In September 2018, NTPC had invited bids for solar module package for the development of Anta solar project located at Baran district in Rajasthan.
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