UPNEDA Plans Reverse Auction For 1,000 MW Solar Project

Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) plans to conduct reverse auction for its first large solar project of over 1,000 MW capacity by July end.

A reverse auction is a type of auction in which the roles of buyer and seller are reversed. In a reverse auction, the sellers compete to obtain business from the buyer and prices will typically decrease as the sellers underbid each other.

There are some 13 domestic and foreign investors who have participated in the bid with interest for around 1,870 MW of project capacity. The entire cost of transmission including the cost of line construction, wheeling charges and losses will be borne by the developer.

The successful developers will enter Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Uttar Pradesh Power Corp(UPPCL) for a period of 25 years. The UPNEDA has also specified that it will penalise project developers for delay in project commissioning.

If for any contract year it is found that the developer has not been able to generate minimum energy as per agreement, the developer shall pay a penalty equal to 25% of the project tariff to the procurer, for such shortfall in units, the tender document said.