Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has invited bids for the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of 86 MW of decentralized solar systems ranging from 300 kW to 10 MW at various substations of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) in Punjab.
The successful bidder will have to take care of the operation and maintenance activities of the project for 25 years.
The last date to submit the bids online is April 1, 2022. Bids will be opened on the same day.
PSPCL will provide the land for the projects, and the energy generated from the projects will be evacuated to the PSPCL substation at 11 kV.
The successful bidder will have to carry out land development, implement the solar project, and set up the necessary power evacuation system and the metering arrangement at the PSPCL substation.
Within 28 days after receiving the letter of award, the successful bidder should furnish performance security for 10% of the contract price.
CESL has specified that 25% of the tendered quantity had been earmarked for micro and small enterprise (MSE) suppliers. Of this quantity, 4% has been allocated for procurement from MSEs owned by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe entrepreneurs, and 3% has been earmarked for procurement from MSEs owned by women entrepreneurs.
If the MSE vendor participating in the tender quotes within the price band of L1+15%, they will be allowed to supply the portion of the requirement subject to acceptance of L1 price by the MSE vendor. In the case of more than one such MSE, the supply will be shared proportionately.
In case of delay in executing the order beyond the stipulated time, CESL reserves the right to recover from the contractor a sum equivalent to 0.5% of the value of the delayed portion of work for each week of delay, subject to a maximum of 5% of the total contract value.
The solar modules to be used for the project should have a wattage output of 340 Wp and above with an efficiency of at least 70%.
The bidder should be a solar module manufacturer, solar inverter manufacturer, or system integrator to participate in the bidding process. The bidder can also participate as a developer or engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor.
The bidder should have successfully installed, commissioned, or maintained projects of a cumulative capacity of 1.1 MW in the Border district, 1.4 MW in the Central district, 2.4 MW in the North district, 2.6 MW in the South district, and 17.8 MW in the West district during the last five years.
The bidder’s average annual turnover for the last three years for participating in the Border district should be ₹66.7 million (~$873,630), ₹84.9 million (~$1.11 million) for the Central district, ₹171.1 million (~$2.24 million) for the North district, ₹159.6 million (~$2.09 million) for the South district, and ₹1.086 billion (~$14.22 million) for the West region.
In the last financial year, the bidder’s net worth should not be less than 100% of the paid-up share capital.
Last February, CESL floated a tender to set up 100 MW of solar power projects in Maharashtra with individual systems ranging between 2MW and 10 MW.
Earlier, EESL had invited bids to develop 70 MW of solar power projects at various locations across Goa.
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Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.