CESL Floats Tender for 60 MW of Solar PV Modules in Maharashtra

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has floated a tender to procure 60 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules (330 Wp and above) in Maharashtra.

The winning bidder would also have to provide a performance warranty for 25 years from the date of successful delivery of solar PV modules at the site anywhere in Maharashtra.

The last date for submission of bids is August 13, 2021, and the bids would be opened on the same day. Bidders must pay ₹25,000 (~$336) towards the bidding document cost.

Under the Maharashtra Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana (MSKVY), CESL would establish decentralized solar PV projects, with capacities ranging from 300 kW to 10 MW on vacant land available with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL), Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company (MSETCL), and the Maharashtra Government or gram panchayats.


CESL would provide solar PV modules to system integrators to set up solar PV projects and provide operation and maintenance services for 25 years.

Scope of work

The successful bidder will provide design, manufacturing, testing, and supply of crystalline solar PV modules of 330 Wp and above. The successful bidder must provide dimensions or drawings before moving to the manufacturing stage along with solar PV modules general arrangement (GA) drawings.

The bidder must deliver a quality control report, including the flash data, thermography, imaging, and electroluminescence test of each module.

The bidder must also provide an operation, instruction, and maintenance manual in English and the local language.

Eligibility criteria

The bidder should be a company registered under the Indian Companies Act 1956/2013; consortiums are not allowed to participate in the bidding process.

The bidder’s company should be at least three years in operation from the original date of bid opening and must have in-house manufacturing facilities for solar PV modules with a capacity of at least 18 MW.

The bidder must have manufactured, tested, and supplied the following solar PV cell/module capacity anywhere in the world in the last three years from the original date of bid opening:

  • One work order of at least 48 MW,
  • Two work orders of at least 30 MW, or
  • Three work orders of at least 24 MW

The bidder should have the latest ISO 9001 certification from an internationally recognized certification authority.

The bidder’s annual average turnover should be at least ₹370 million (~$5 million) in the last three financial years (FY), i.e., 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21. The bidder should be profitable in the last FY, i.e., 2020-21. In the last FY (2020-21), the net worth of the bidder should not be less than 100% of the paid-up share capital.

Earlier this month, CESL had invited e-bids for the empanelment of an independent third-party validation and verification agency for its electric vehicle charging infrastructure project.

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