Odisha tendered 500 MW solar projects encouraging farmers to increase their earnings through land leasing

Indian state of Odisha is floating a tender for 500 MW solar projects under its KUSUM Program on a build, own, and operate basis. According to the consultancy Mercom India, the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has invited bids setting a ceiling tariff of INR 3.08 ($0.042) per /kWh.
The project is aimed at enabling farmers, cooperatives, village bodies, and other such entities to either develop the project or increase their earnings through leasing their land to set up the project by a builder. Additionally, OREDA aims to generate local employment through the project.
The successful bidders will be responsible for designing, engineering, procuring, supplying, taking insurance, transporting, constructing, installing, erecting, testing, and achieving the commissioning of the project, among others. The solar systems should be commissioned within nine months from the date of the issuance of the letter of award. The government has set a target to set up 10 GW of decentralized ground-mounted grid-connected solar projects of individual project size of up to 2 MW, says the article.

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