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The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has announced a tender to install 25 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic projects atop government and semi-government buildings in the state under RESCO model.

The bid submission deadline is August 12, 2019, with the bid opening date of August 13, 2019.

The eligible bidders should participate in the site survey, design, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning including warranty, operation, and maintenance of the projects. Bidders can apply for a minimum aggregate bid capacity of 1 MW and a maximum aggregate bid capacity of 10 MW.

The scope of work also includes ensuring gross metering as per the state policy, quality control of the grid-connected rooftop solar PV projects, and operation and maintenance of the projects for 25 years.



The size of each project should be between 25 kW and 500 kW.

The modules used in the projects should be manufactured in India. Rest of the components can be procured from any source, states the tender.

According to UPNEDA, the successful bidder should furnish performance security for the allocated capacity only. The earnest money deposit will ₹4,00,000 ($5,814)/MW while the bidder should furnish a performance bank guarantee at the rate of ₹25,00,000 ($5,814)/MW. Moreover, the net worth of the bidder should be at least ₹8 million (~$ 115,966) in the financial year (FY) 2018-19.

Regarding the technical criteria, UPNEDA has specified that the bidder must have experience in design, supply, installation, and commissioning of at least 500 kW of grid-connected solar PV power projects under RESCO model in the last seven fiscal years.

Earlier this year, the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) finalized the proposed regulations related to net-metering provisions for rooftop solar projects in the state. The state has now increased the upper cap of rooftop installations under net metering mechanism from 1 MW to 2 MW.

Recently, Oil major Indian Oil Corporation Limited floated a tender for the engineering, procurement, and construction of two grid-connected rooftop captive solar power projects in Uttar Pradesh.

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