NIWE, Solar Energy, Tamil Nadu, IIM, India, Tender

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has launched a tender to develop a 2 MW solar project at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Tiruchirappalli, located in the state of Tamil Nadu.

NIWE has invited engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors to develop the project. The scope of work includes the designing, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, commissioning, and grid synchronization of the project. The tender also comes with the provision of operation and maintenance services for a period of five years from the date of commissioning (power evacuation to substation).

The selected contractor is also supposed to provide power evacuation system to the nearest available Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company’s (TANGEDCO) substation.

According to the tender document, bidders have been given the option of developing a 500 kW-1 MW solar project with tracking and suitable elevated structure, as a demonstration project within the allotted area. However, the lowest bid selection will be based on the price quoted for a fixed tilt system. NIWE will award the project to a contractor who has been determined to be responsive, technically viable and has the lowest evaluated bid.

The date of closure of the tender is March 1, 2019.

Previously, Mercom published an article which analyzed how solar – not black coal – is beginning to power classrooms, dormitories and canteens of multitudes of educational institutions across the country. Solar power is heating water, helping run laboratories, shining auditoriums, cooling down canteens, assisting in administrative work and illuminating street lights on school grounds. Due to surging electricity bills and the desire to protect the environment, more and more educational institutions are turning to solar to meet their daily energy needs.

For instance, in January 2019, Mercom reported on the news of Tripura University announcing the development of a rooftop solar system totalling 500 kW at its premises, spread over multiple buildings at the university campus.

In December 2018, Mercom reported on the news of Indian Institute of Technology installing a 422 kW solar rooftop power system in its premises. The project was commissioned by BVG India Ltd, an integrated services company.

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Shaurya Bajaj is a staff reporter for Mercomindia.com.