The Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (HIMURJA) has issued a notice inviting tender for empanelment of vendors to design, supply, erect, and commission 10 MW of residential rooftop solar systems ranging from 1 kW to 500 kW under Phase-II of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Program.
Bidders must submit ₹100,000 (~$1,312) as an earnest money deposit and a nonrefundable bid processing fee of ₹20,000 (~$262).
Empanelled bidders must also furnish a performance bank guarantee calculated at 3% of the contract value per allocated capacity multiplied by the discovered cost within 30 days of the issue of the work order.
The pre-bid meeting will be held on March 14. The last day to submit the bids is March 24, 2022. The bids will be opened on March 25.
The project should be commissioned within six months from the effective date.
The selected bidders will have to take care of the operation and maintenance activities of the rooftop systems for five years.
The developer must also make necessary arrangements for evacuation and injection of surplus power into the grid at the interconnection points as agreed with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board.
The bidding process under this rooftop program is for a total capacity of 10 MW under the CAPEX model. Bidders must quote minimum capacities in each part.
To participate in bids under Part A and B (1 kW-10 kW), bidders should have designed, supplied, installed, and commissioned grid-connected rooftop solar projects having an aggregate capacity not less than 100 kW before the techno-commercial bid opening date. Bidders must submit a scanned copy of the client’s commissioning certificate and work order to authenticate their claim.
The bidders should have an annual turnover or net worth of ₹1000 (~$13)/kW of the capacity they bid for in any of the last three financial years ending March 31, 2021.
To submit bids under Part C and D (over 10 kW-500 kW), bidders should have designed, supplied, installed, and commissioned grid-connected rooftop solar projects with an aggregate capacity of not less than 500 kW, which should have been commissioned before submitting bids.
The bidders should have an annual turnover or net worth of ₹3 million (~$39,354) in any one of the last three financial years preceding the bid deadline.
The central financial assistance (CFA) available from MNRE would be limited to 40% of the prevailing benchmark cost or discovered rate, whichever is lower, for project capacity up to 3 kW. For project capacity above 3 kW and up to 10 kW, the available CFA would be 20% of the prevailing benchmark cost or discovered rate, whichever is lower.
In December 2021, HIMURJA had invited bids from Himachali entrepreneurs to set up ground-mounted solar projects ranging from 250 kW to 1 MW each in the state.
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Arjun Joshi is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he worked as a technical writer for enterprise resource software companies based in India and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Optional English from Garden City University, Bangalore. More articles from Arjun Joshi.