Tender Announced for 12 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems on Government Buildings in Gujarat

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has issued a tender for 12 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems on government buildings in the state.

The rooftop systems will range from 3 kW to 50 kW. Interested bidders are expected to pay an earnest money deposit (EMD) of ₹300,000 (~$4,095) for systems between 3 kW – 10 kW and ₹500,000 (~$6,826) for systems between 10 kW to 25 kW and 25 kW to 50 kW.

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The last date for the submission of bids is November 9, 2020. GEDA previously revised the timeline for project completion to 90 days from 120 days in a separate corrigendum.

The scope of work under the tender includes the design, supply, installation, commissioning, and comprehensive maintenance of the projects for five years. This also includes paying grid connectivity and meter charges.

GEDA stated that the solar cells and modules used in the project must be made in India. If a bidder is not listed in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM), they must submit a self-declaration stating that the cells and modules used in the project are domestically manufactured.

To be eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process, applicants opting for projects between 3 kW and 10 kW must have had an average annual turnover of ₹25 million (~$341,291) in the last three years. They must have experience of successfully implementing a cumulative 600 kW of similar projects in the last three years.

Applicants opting for projects between 10 kW and 25 kW or 25 kW-50 kW are expected to have an average annual turnover of at least ₹45 million (~$614,324) in the last three financial years, with experience working on 1,200 kW of similar projects cumulatively in the last three years.

Gujarat has commissioned 611.42 MW of rooftop projects in the state as of Q2 2020. Gujarat was ranked the top state in terms of rooftop installations in the country, according to Mercom India Research’s Q1 2020 India Solar Market Update report.

The state is considered one of the best states for solar largely due to the good credit ratings of power distribution companies and their ability to pay on time. 32% of Gujarat’s installed power capacity came from renewable sources as of March 2020, the report added.

Earlier, Mercom reported that Gujarat’s Finance Minister Nitinbhai Patel included a ₹9.12 billion (~$127.19 million) provision for a subsidy for solar rooftop projects in the state budget for 2020-21.

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