Consultancy Tender Issued to Set Up Solar Projects in Nashik

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) in Maharashtra has invited bids from consultants to set up solar power projects providing services for the common infrastructure in the NMC area.

The last date to submit the bids is December 27, 2021. Bids will be opened on December 28.

Bidders must submit an amount of ₹100,000 (~$1,319) as an earnest money deposit.

Successful bidders must furnish 2% of the accepted tender cost as the security deposit within four weeks from the issue of the letter of acceptance.

The bidder should be a registered company in India operational for at least three years.

The bidder should have experience in successfully setting up a cumulative capacity of 3 MW of solar projects (ground-mounted or rooftop) for government or semi-government organizations. The bidder should have installed one project of a minimum size of 1 MW for a government or semi-government organization.

The bidder should have a one-year certification as an approved company either by the government of India or the government of Maharashtra. The bidder should have successfully installed solar projects in at least two cities in India.

The bidder’s minimum average annual turnover during the last three financial years should be at least ₹20 million (~$263,970).

The successful bidders will be asked to sign the contract within 30 days from the issuance of the letter of intent.

The consultant will present the project feasibility report and the detailed project report to the NMC committee and agencies like the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency. After pre-approval of the detailed project report by NMC and approval from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) regarding power purchases, the consultant should coordinate with MSEDCL and secure approval from NMC before the creation of the request for proposal.

The request for proposal has to be prepared for both OPEX and CAPEX models. Once the bids are received, the consultants must scrutinize and provide technical and financial evaluation reports. The successful bidder has to provide project management consultancy for the execution of the project and monitor the project after the contract award. Once the project is commissioned and approvals are obtained from the competent authority, the projects must be handed over to NMC.

In 2019, the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency had floated nine tenders for solar projects in nine municipal councils totaling 12.2 MW. The projects were tendered under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation Abhiyan. The nine tenders were issued for areas under the municipal corporations of Yavatmal, Akola, Jalgaon, Latur, Amravati, Udgir, Vasai-Virar, Shirdi, and Parbhani.

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