Tender Issued for a 2.5 MW Ground-Mounted Solar Project in Gujarat

Surendranagar Mahila and Bal Vikas Mandal has issued a notice inviting tender for the survey, installation, testing, and commissioning of a 2.5 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project at Surendranagar in Gujarat.

The successful bidder need not supply solar modules but must provide comprehensive operation and maintenance (O&M) service for ten years.

The project’s estimated cost is ₹80 million (~$1.03 million). The project must be commissioned within 240 days from the letter of intent.

The last day to submit the bids is June 4, 2022. Bids will be opened on June 8.

Bidders must pay ₹20,000 (~$257) as a tender fee. They must also furnish an earnest money deposit of ₹800,000 (~$10,291).

Successful bidders must remit 10% of the total contract value security deposit cum performance guarantee within ten days of receiving the work order. Successful bidders must also remit 10% of the O&M cost as a bank guarantee.

Surendranagar Mahila and Bal Vikas Mandal intends to set up the solar project to benefit its members engaged in salt panning by using the existing solar panels, which lie idle during salt production off-season lasting six months. The solar panels will have to be installed and dismantled each year.

Bidders must have executed three similar projects, costing an amount equal to 40% of the estimated cost, two projects, each costing an amount equal to 50% of the estimated cost, or one similar project costing  80% of the estimated cost in the last seven years.

They must have experience designing, supplying, installing, erection, testing, and commissioning grid-connected ground-mounted solar projects with a cumulative installed capacity of 2.5 MW. Out of the 2.5 MW, at least one ground-mounted solar power project of above 1 MW capacity must be in operation for one year.

To implement the 2.5 MW solar project, Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) is the project management consultant.

Bidders must have an average annual financial turnover of 30% of the estimated cost during the last three years, ending March 31, 2021. During any one year among the last three preceding financial years, their net worth must be positive. Bidders must submit an audited annual report for the financial years 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.

The successful bidder must furnish the latest valid solvency certificate and the technical bid of an amount equivalent to 20% of the total estimated cost issued by a nationalized bank. The solvency certificate should not be more than one year old from the last date of submission of the technical bid.

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited invited bids to purchase power through a competitive bidding process from 500 MW of grid-connected wind power projects (Phase-III) with the greenshoe option for an additional capacity of up to 500 MW.

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