CEL Tenders 120 MW of Grid-Connected Solar

Central Electronics Limited (CEL), a public-sector enterprise of the government of India, has tendered 120 MW of grid-connected solar to be developed across Gujarat, Telangana, and Maharashtra. The bid-submission deadline is January 17, 2018.

While the minimum project capacity will be 500 kW, the maximum project capacity has been set at 3 MW for a given location. A single bidder must bid to develop a minimum of 12 MW capacity. The maximum capacity that may be awarded to a single bidder will be 72 MW or 60 percent of the tendered capacity.

The scope of work includes, design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of the grid-connected solar projects. The successful bidder will be responsible for the operation and maintenance services for a period of 25 years.

The details about the whereabouts of the projects will be provided at the time of placement of the work-order by the CEL. The bidders will be responsible to carry out the grid connectivity of the project at 11 kV level at a designated location.


The CEL has instructed the bidders to provide 25 years of warranty for the mechanical structures, all the materials supplied, electrical works and overall workmanship of the grid-connected solar project. The project completion time-frame is 180 days from the date of award of contract.

The CEL was formed to facilitate the growth of solar sector in the country. In April, the CEL tendered 3.22 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar to be installed at railway workshops in states under the Northern Railways. It also invited an Expression of Interest (EoI) to form a strategic alliance to manufacture flexible solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in India.

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