Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for the operation and maintenance (O&M) of 1.1 MW of rooftop solar projects in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. Of this, 630 kW of rooftop solar systems are located in Kanpur, and 75 kW capacity in Meerut, both in Uttar Pradesh, and 400 kW in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
The last date to submit bids is November 22, 2021. Bids will be opened on the same day.
Bidders have to furnish ₹200,000 (~$2,687) as an earnest money deposit. The successful bidder must submit 5% of the contract value as a security deposit before starting the work.
Bidders who fulfill the prequalification criteria forming part of the notice inviting tender (NIT) can participate in the competitive bidding process.
The successful bidder will be responsible for the comprehensive operation and maintenance of the solar systems. The bidder has to arrange for a quarterly inspection for 600 kW and 30 kW of rooftop systems in Kanpur until September 28, 2023, and June 14, 2024, respectively. A half-yearly inspection has to be arranged for 400 kW of rooftop capacity in Ranchi and 75 kW of rooftop capacity in Meerut until November 17, 2022, and March 21, 2022.
The O&M of rooftop solar systems will include wear and tear, overhauling, machine breakdown, and smooth operation of systems.
The bidder should maintain all the equipment needed for the O&M of rooftop systems. The bidder also needs to calibrate the testing equipment once a year from the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited labs.
In August 2021, BHEL invited bids for the O&M of a 25 MW floating solar power project at NTPC Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh for 36 months.
Mercom had earlier reported that BHEL invited bids for the O&M of a 1.5 MW solar project at Ramachandrapuram in Hyderabad.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker, BHEL has issued tenders for 19.7 MW of rooftop solar capacity to date.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.