Tumakuru Smart City Issues Tender for a 20 MW Floating Solar Project

Karnataka’s Tumakuru Smart City Limited (TSCL) has issued a tender for setting up and maintaining a 20 MW floating solar power project at the Bugudanahalli Reservoir in Tumakuru.

Interested bidders must make an earnest money deposit of ₹9.8 million (~$135,300). The last date for the submission of bids is April 5, 2021.

The scope of work includes the design, engineering, funding, manufacturer, procurement, factory testing, transportation, erection, and commissioning of the floating solar system at the site. Selected bidders are also expected to provide operations and maintenance services for 25 years.

They are also expected to take care of the grid connecting equipment and evacuation lines to the nearest substation and provide all necessary electrical and civil work under the implementation of the Smart City Mission in Tumakuru.


The photovoltaic modules used in the project must be warranted for ten years against all material, manufacturing, and workmanship defects. They must be guaranteed against an output of at least 80% of their initial rated output at the end of 25 years.

To be eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process, applicants must have previously designed, supplied, and commissioned at least 10 MW of rooftop, ground-mounted, floating, or canal solar power projects in the last five years with single or multiple systems of a minimum size of 100 kW.

Applicants must have had a net worth of at least ₹100 million (~$1.4 million) as of the previous financial year’s last date. They are expected to show proof of liquid assets or credit facilities for at least ₹30 million.

Previously, the TSCL issued a request for proposal for solar power developers to install 1.2 MW of rooftop solar systems on government buildings in the city. The scope of work included designing, financing, manufacturing, supplying, testing, installing, and commissioning the rooftop solar projects.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Tender Tracker, Tumakuru Smart City Limited has issued around 5.85 MW of solar power projects in the city as of January 2021.