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Karnataka hopes to open solar bids in a week

Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) had released a request for proposal (RFP) inviting tenders for setting up 80-MW solar thermal and solar photovoltaic projects in accordance with the State’s renewable energy policy to make capacity additions of 126 MW of solar power in the next five years.

As we had mentioned last week,the bids for the projects closed on November 24, 2011 and 22 bidders took part. However, following complaints by small time developers, the Energy Department put them in abeyance and issued notice to KREDL.

According to reports, the State Energy Department recently placed a stay on the tender process for the project following complaints by few developers.

“We had filed a petition on Monday to vacate the stay and we expect it any moment now,”  Mr N.S. Prasanna Kumar, Managing Director, KREDL, said.

“We are very much behind the project; we are firm and will see to it that the project takes off at the earliest,” he added.

The issue was that KREDL should have followed e-tendering procedure for the bidding process for companies to participate in the Karnataka Solar Mission.

“There are no grounds for the stay. KREDL is not one of the companies that had opted for following the e-tendering process for the 80 MW of tendering. Even NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) under the National Solar Mission, which has done about 1000 MW, has not done e-tendering,” Mr Kumar pointed out.

“Many companies would like to apply in the last moment and it is difficult to upload huge documents online, so we had not adopted the e-procurement,” he added.

Though the bids closed on November 24, the bid documents weren’t opened as the tendering process for the National Solar Mission was on and KREDL wanted to wait for those to close before the allocation of projects under the State solar policy was made.

“Once this issue is cleared, the technical bids will be opened, and we will open the financial bids two days after that. We hope that this can be started in a week’s time,” Mr Kumar said.

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