EESL Invites Bids for 9,347,000 Solar Home Lighting Systems for ISA Member Countries

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids for 9,347,000 solar home lighting systems for member countries of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

The ISA is an Indian initiative that was jointly launched by Narendra Modi and the French president on November 30, 2015, in Paris, on the sidelines of COP-21, the UN Climate Conference. The ISA is an international and inter-governmental organization of more than 121 countries having its headquarters in India and the United Nations as the strategic partner.

The contract will also include five years of warranty services for the solar home lighting systems. The last date for the submission of bids is October 01, 2020. The pre-bid meeting will take place on August 06, 2020. Interested bidders will have to pay an amount of $280,410 (~₹21.01 million) as the earnest money deposit (EMD).

The supply of solar home lighting systems to the destination within the manufacturer’s country should happen within 90 days from the placement of the order. Similarly, the supply of home lighting systems to destination country ports should take place within 120 days from the placement of the order.


The bidder should have been in the business of manufacturing solar home systems or should have been a solar systems integrator for at least five years.

The bidder should have the experience of supplying at least 140,200 batteries of at least 30 Amp-hour capacity or at least 78 MW of solar modules. In the case of system integrators, the bidder should have designed, supplied, tested, and commissioned 78 MW of solar projects, including operation and maintenance (O&M) services for three years. Besides this, the bidder could have designed, supplied, tested, and commissioned 140,200 solar home systems, including O&M, for three years. For international bidders, the company should have been in existence in the parent country for at least three years.

Regarding the financial criteria, the average annual turnover of the bidder in the last three fiscal years should be ₹6.31 billion (~$84.08 million) and the net worth of the bidder in the previous financial year should be not less than 100% of the paid-up capital. The bidder should have been profitable in two of the last three years.

In April this year, EESL floated a tender for the design, manufacture, testing, and supply of 1.9 million LED streetlights including Telangana, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, and Delhi.

Earlier, the Ministry of Power announced that over 361.3 million LED bulbs were distributed across India, and 10.3 million smart LED streetlights were installed under the UJALA and LED Street Lighting National Program at an estimated energy savings of 6.97 billion kWh/year.