The Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has issued a tender to empanel contractors for 575 kW of grid-connected rooftop and small solar power projects ranging between 1 kW and 500 kW in the state.
Interested bidders are expected to pay an earnest money deposit of ₹500,000 (~$6,654). The last date for submission of proposals is June 5, 2020.
The scope of work includes the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, net metering, and commissioning of the projects.
The winning bidder must obtain all applicable statutory approvals for implementing the net metering arrangement, and also provide warranty and an annual maintenance contract (AMC) for the projects for five years.
The tender stated that the country of origin for both solar cells and modules used in the project must be specified and that modules must be manufactured in India. Here is the list of locations the UREDA plans to set up the projects:
To be eligible to take part in the competitive bidding process, applicants must have experience in supplying, installing, and commissioning such projects with cumulative capacity ranging between 100 kW and 500 kW. More weightage will be given to parties with experience installing projects above 200 kW in size when the eligibility is evaluated.
Applicants must also have an average annual turnover of at least ₹2.5 million (~$33,274). Companies with an average annual turnover of over ₹20 million (~$266,193) will be given higher preference, according to the tender.
UREDA noted that experience should be strictly in the field of supplying, installing, and commissioning grid-connected solar power projects with net-metering facilities and that proposals not having the requisite experience would be rejected.
Previously, the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited floated a tender inviting expression of interest for the rate contract and empanelment of vendors for grid-connected rooftop solar power projects between 1 kW and 500 kW. The total capacity of the projects to be developed is 10 MW.
Earlier, the Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission dismissed a recent petition filed by the UREDA for the settlement of net energy from a captive rooftop solar system once a year instead of the existing monthly basis.
Nithin is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Reuters News, he has covered oil, metals and agricultural commodity markets across global markets. He has also covered refinery and pipeline explosions, oil and gas leaks, Atlantic region hurricane developments, and other natural disasters. Nithin holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai.