CEL Seeks Consultants for 200-300 MW of Solar Projects in Nepal

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public sector enterprise, has invited bids for consultancy services for 200-300 MW (in clusters) of grid-connected solar power projects.

The projects would be developed under the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model in the far western province number 7 in Nepal. The RESCO model is a system where the developer owns the solar project, and the consumer only has to pay for the energy generated.

The CEL is a government enterprise under the administrative control of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology.

As per the tender document, the maximum capacity at one site should not exceed 50 MW. All the solar projects should be ground-mounted and connected to the grid. The time for completing the project has been set as 12 months from the start of the site survey.

The last date to submit the bids is December 11, 2020, and the opening of bids will also take place on December 11, 2020. Interested bidders will have to submit an amount of ₹100,000 as the earnest money deposit (EMD).

To participate in the bidding process, the bidder should have at least three years of experience in consultancy services for renewable energy power projects with its registered office in India. The bidder should have experience providing consultancy services for at least two solar power projects in the last five years, similar to the work given in the tender document.

Regarding the financial criteria, the bidders’ average annual turnover should at least ₹750 million ($10.15 million) in the last three financial years.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker, CEL has so far tendered 303.09 MW of solar power projects.

In October this year, CEL invited bids for the supply of 1.5 million multicrystalline passivated emitter and rear contact (PERC) solar cells.

Previously, Mercom reported that CEL had issued a tender for 50 MW of grid-tied solar PV projects ranging from 500 kW to 10 MW at various locations in Maharashtra. The scope of work included the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, installation, and commissioning, along with ten years of operations and maintenance.

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