Bihar Announces RfP for 15 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

Project to cover government and healthcare buildings in the state


The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for the installation of 15 MW of grid connected rooftop solar PV systems.

The project will be developed under RESCO model with net metering facility at various locations across the state. The scope of work includes the design, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the project. The successful bidder will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M) services of the project for a period of 25 years.

The last date for bid submission is February 2, 2019. The technical bidding will open on February 4, 2019.

A bidder must quote a minimum cumulative capacity of at least 1 MW.

To be eligible to bid, a bidder should have executed at least 50 kW of grid connected solar PV projects prior to this tender’s techno-commercial bid opening date.

The average annual turnover of the bidder should not be less than ₹20 million (~$0.29 million)/MW in the best three out of the last five financial year.

The total capacity of the 15 MW rooftop project has been mainly divided in three groups – government buildings of Patna, health departments, and other government buildings in Bihar.

In February 2018, BREDA had invited bids for the development of 40 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic rooftop projects at various locations across the state.

Other states have also issued tenders for rooftop projects in the recent past under RESCO model.

For instance, the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) recently tendered 35 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar to be installed across Madhya Pradesh on aggregated basis in August 2017.  The auction for this project yielded unexpectedly low tariffs for rooftop solar PV in India as AMP Solar India quoted the lowest tariff (L1) of ₹1.58 (~$ 0.022)/kWh.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, the cumulative installed solar capacity in Bihar is 110 MW.

Nitin is a staff reporter at and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer