Karnataka’s Shivamogga Smart City Limited (SSCL) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the construction of 25 MW of solar power generation projects. The SSCL will develop the solar power project on the Tunga canal through a public-private partnership and will supply the electricity to Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (MESCOM).
The solar projects will be situated on top of the Tunga canal stretches that pass through Shivamogga city. The project will be sanctioned on a design, build, finance, operate, and transfer basis.
The bid submission deadline is August 19, 2019. The technical bid opening date is August 21, 2019. The commissioning dateline for the projects has been set at 18 months.
The scope of work for this project includes the survey, investigation, planning, design, engineering, financing, procurement, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the projects. The contract will also include 25 years of operation and maintenance (O&M) to be undertaken by the winning bidder.
An earnest money deposit of ₹18 million (~$ 261,723) must be deposited by the bidders to participate. Of this, an amount of ₹0.5 million ($ 7,270.09) can be made through online or offline transfer while ₹ 17.5 million must be deposited as a bank guarantee.
The technical criteria for bidders require that the bidder must be a corporate entity and should have established at least one solar power project with a capacity of 5 MW in the past five years. The financial criteria stipulate that the net worth of the bidders should be at least ₹950 million (~$13.77 million) in the last two financial years and the company should be profitable in the same duration.
Last year, Shivamogga Smart City had also issued a tender for 430 kW of grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects to be established on the city’s government buildings.
Then earlier this year, the city also came up with a tender to procure 100 electric rickshaws.
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Ramya Ranganath is an Associate Editor and Writer for Mercom Communications India. Before joining Mercom, Ramya worked as a Senior Editor at a digital media supply chain solutions company. Throughout her career, she has developed end-to-end content for various companies in a wide range of domains, including renewables. Ramya holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology and is passionate about environmental issues and permaculture.