CEL Floats Tender for a 535 kW Solar System at an Institute in Chhattisgarh

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has issued a tender for a 535 kW grid-connected solar project at the National Institute of Biotic Stresses Management (NIBSM) Campus at Baronda in the Raipur district of Chhattisgarh.

The scope of work includes the design, engineering, supply of balance of system, installation, erection, testing, and commissioning of the projects at the institute’s premises. CEL said it would supply a minimum of 330W of solar PV modules up to the site, but unloading and shifting them around within the site would be the contractor’s responsibility.

Schools and colleges in India are turning to solar power to meet their energy requirements sustainably. Due to surging electricity bills and the desire to protect the environment, more and more educational institutions are turning to solar to meet their daily energy needs.

Interested bidders are expected to make an earnest money deposit (EMD) of ₹270,000 (~$3,597). The last date for the submission of bids is April 4, 2020.


To be eligible to take part in the competitive bidding process, bidders must have experience designing, supplying, testing, installing, and commissioning at least 200 kW of solar power projects in the last three financial years. Of these, at least one solar system must be 50 kW or higher.

Applicants must also have had an average annual financial turnover of ₹5 million (~$66,616) in the last three financial years, and their company must be registered under GST in the state of Chhattisgarh.

Earlier, Mercom reported that CEL floated a tender for 3 MW of multicrystalline solar modules. Each of these modules were to be rated for a minimum of 325 Watts with 72 cells. The locations of the project will be at different substations in various districts of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

In February 2020, Mercom reported that CEL announced the auction results for its 44 MW solar tender at substations across Maharashtra.

Then in December last year, CEL had invited bids to install solar-based small projects with capacities ranging between 0.25 MW to 10 MW on the open, unused lands in the premises of existing substations of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company.