Tamil Nadu Issues Empanelment Tender for Renewables and Energy-Efficient Appliances

The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) has invited bids to empanel vendors for renewable energy projects and energy-efficient appliances in the state.

The scope of work includes the procurement and supply of energy-saving appliances, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance of LED lights, energy-efficient pump sets, and renewable energy generation projects. It also includes the supply, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of energy-efficient equipment in the water supply and sewerage system of the public works department and providing electric mobility solutions along with establishing and maintaining public charging infrastructure.

The last date for the submission of bids is April 23, 2020, and the pre-bid meeting will take place on March 27, 2020. Interested bidders will have to submit an amount of ₹50 million (~$674,384) as the earnest money deposit (EMD).

To take part in the bidding process, the net worth of the bidder should be a minimum of ₹1 billion (~$13.49 million) in each of the last three financial years. The bidder should be a registered company having a minimum of three years of experience in the field of consultancy and energy efficiency.


Regarding the eligibility criteria, the bidder should have some experience in the implementation of energy efficiency projects for streetlights with centralized control and monitoring system (CMS), including O&M, for a minimum of five years under the ESCO model.

The bidder should also have experience in implementing energy efficiency projects in government buildings by retrofitting existing appliances with energy-efficient appliances. Also, they should have experience in implementing renewable energy power projects with government agencies and should also have worked in the state of Tamil Nadu in the field of renewables and conventional energy.

In August 2019, the state issued 43 tenders to supply, install, and commission LED-based solar home lighting systems in 53,734 houses located in the rural areas of the state. The project falls under the Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Greenhouse Program.

Recently, the Ministry of Power (MoP) announced the release of its ‘State Energy Efficiency Index 2019’ report, which keeps tabs on the progress made by the Indian states and union territories regarding energy efficiency (EE) initiatives. The index is created to help states and union territories contribute towards national goals on energy security and climate action by driving energy efficiency policies and program implementation at a state and local level, according to the MoP. The latest report showed that most initiatives taken by states and UTs were policy or regulation based. Read all about the report here.

Also, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a consultative paper for procuring solar power by distribution licensees and has asked all the stakeholders to submit their comments and suggestions by March 13, 2020. The report stated that the total capacity of renewable power in the state is 14.14 GW.

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