Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES Limited, has invited bids to set up 14 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar project at the Modern Coach Factory, Raebareli, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, for Indian Railways.
The successful bidder will have to provide operation and maintenance services for the project for 25 years.
The last date to submit the bids is May 17, 2022. Bids will be opened on the same day.
The successful bidder will have to furnish an amount equivalent to ₹1.07 million (~$13,963)/MW as a performance bank guarantee after the issuance of the letter of award.
The solar power from the 14 MW solar project will be utilized at the Modern Coach Factory at Raebareli and other drawl points in Uttar Pradesh. Solar power will also be utilized to comply with renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets.
The tender is without central financial assistance (CFA) or any other financial assistance either by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy or the Indian Railways.
To participate in the bidding process, the bidder should, over the past three years preceding the bid due date, have paid for or received payments for successful commissioning of at least 100 kW at a single location for a minimum value of 35% of the offered capacity.
The total amount paid or received by the bidder during the last three financial years preceding the bid due date should be a minimum of 150% of the estimated project cost.
For interconnection with the grid and metering, the solar developer should abide by the applicable grid code, grid connectivity standards, regulations on communication systems for electricity transmission, and other regulations issued by the appropriate commission and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
The responsibility of getting connectivity with the transmission system owned by the state transmission utility (STU), as may be required, will be of the solar developer. The transmission of power up to the interconnection point or the delivery point where the metering is done for energy accounting will be the developer’s responsibility at his own cost.
Last October, the Ministry of Railways issued two tenders inviting bids to set up a 1,160 kW grid-connected solar project for Konkan Railways and rooftop solar installations on seven railway stations in the Bangalore Division of South Western Railway.
Earlier, REMCL had issued a notice inviting tender to enroll agencies or consultants to set up solar projects. The consultants will conduct surveys, prepare feasibility and detailed project reports for solar projects in various Indian states.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker, REMCL has tendered nearly 4.1 GW of solar capacity as of date.
Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.