Karnataka Exempts Rooftop Solar Projects below 1 MW from CEIG Clearance

The Telecommunications Consultant India Limited (TCIL) has issued a tender for providing engineering consultancy services for the setting up of rooftop solar power project in Bodoland Territorial Council Area in the state of Assam.

Some of the main works a consultant will be responsible for are – demand analysis and generation of power from this project, site analysis for connectivity and evacuation feasibility, land form and land details,  topography of land, existing land use pattern, forest body or water bodies, socio-environmental risks, remote monitoring and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), recommendation on type of project, including technology for net metering.

The scope of work also includes responsibility of the consultant to ensure that the planning and designs are in conformation with all relevant local and national bye-laws and norms.

To be eligible to bid, a company should have provided engineering consultancy services for at least three similar works with each valuing not less than 40 percent of the estimated cost of project works. If the company has two similar works in its portfolio, then the value for each should not less than 50 percent of the estimated cost of project works. In case a company has only one similar work, estimated cost of project work must be above 80 percent.

In addition, the average annual financial turn over from consultancy only, during the last three financial years should not be less than 50 percent of the estimated cost of consultancy works.

Estimated cost of the project is approximately ₹500 million (~$ 6.91 million) and estimated cost of the consultancy work is ₹7.5 million (~$0.10 million).

Earnest money deposit for the project is ₹30,000 (~$ 414.80) and stipulated time for the completion of the project is 18 months.

Last date for the submission of bid is September 20, 2018. Technical bid will open on the same day and eligible bidders will be informed about the opening date of financial bid later.

The introduction of the rooftop solar program is another step forward toward the goal of universal electrification that the government aims to achieve.

Earlier, Mercom had reported that the Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA) would provide Central Financial Assistance (CFA) of 70 percent for the development of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects across the state.

Assam is gearing up to provide electricity to each and every household in the state. A few months ago, the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA) program was launched in Assam.

In January 2018, the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) tendered a total of 100 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed in the state.

Then in February 2018, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) tendered 70 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that are set to be developed in the Amguri Solar Park in Assam’s Sivasagar district.

 

Nitin is a staff reporter at Mercomindia.com and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer