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SJVN bags 1000 MW solar power project expected to generate 2,365 million units energy in Year 1

05:19 PM Sep 24, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Shimla: Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) has bagged the project for 1000 MW Grid connected Solar PV Power through Request for Proposal (RFP) floated by Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA).

Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN said that the Company bagged the project through Open Competitive Bidding Process at the maximum tariff of Rs2.45 per unit.

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Sharma said that SJVN bagged the full quoted capacity of 1000 MW at a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support of Rs 44.72 Lakh per MW by Government of India. The power generated from above Projects shall be solely for self-use or use by Government/Government entities, either directly or through DISCOMS.

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Sharma further said that SJVN participated in a VGF based competitive Bidding Process for Solar Project of capacity 5000 MW floated by IREDA.

He also said that the tentative cost of construction and development of this Project is Rs 5,500 crores. The project is expected to generate 2,365 million units (MU) in the first year and the cumulative energy generation over a period of 25 years would be about 55,062 MU.

Currently, SJVN has a total installed capacity of 2016.5 MW which includes 2 hydropower plants of 1,912 MW capacity and 4 renewable power plants of 104.5 MW capacity (two solar plants of 6.9 MW and 2 wind plants of 97.6 MW). Earlier, SJVN has bagged three solar projects totalling 345 MW in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. All these projects were also bagged through Open Competitive Bidding.

Sharma explained that, with this allotment, SJVN now has 1345 MW of solar projects under execution. He stated that all these projects are scheduled to be commissioned by March 2023-24, which shall be a gigantic leap for SJVN’s Renewable Capacity.

Government of India has envisaged the vision of power to everyone 24X7 and has set a target of 175 GW of Renewables, out of which 100 GW is to be met through solar energy by 2022. In September last year at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced increasing the renewable energy target to 450 GW by 2030 from 175 GW by 2022.

He informed that Union Minister of Power & NRE, RK Singh is extending great guidance & support to all power sector PSUs to harness solar power potential to achieve goal of 24X7 affordable and green power. In line with the target set by the Government of India, SJVN has set its shared vision of capacity addition of 5000 MW by 2023, 12000 MW by 2030 & 25000 MW by 2040.

Viability Gap Funding (VGF) means a one-time grant or deferred grant, provided to support infrastructure projects that are economically justified but fall short of financial viability.

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