Eastern Railway Invites Bids for 1 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

The last date for the submission of bids is April 03, 2023


The Howrah Division of Eastern Railway has invited bids to install 1 MW of rooftop solar projects without battery backup at stations in the Howrah- Khana and Howrah-Bardhhaman line sections in West Bengal.

The last date for the submission of bids is April 3, 2023. Bids will be opened on the same day.

The scope of work includes the engineering, design, procurement, erection, installation, testing, and commissioning of rooftop solar systems. The selected project developer will also operate and maintain the systems for 25 years after commissioning.

The project will be awarded to the bidder quoting the lowest tariff with no escalation for 25 years.

Bidders must remit ₹10,000 (~$122. They must also submit 2% of the estimated project cost as a bid security.

Bidders should demonstrate their technical capacity and experience by showing that they have commissioned at least one solar project with a minimum value of 35% of the contracted capacity during the last three financial years.

The total contract amount received or paid in the last three financial years should be at least 150% of the estimated project cost.

In February, the South Eastern Railway issued a tender for the empanelment of developers to implement grid-connected rooftop solar projects of various capacities in West Bengal through the public-private partnership mode.

The Danapur railway division of the East Central Railway invited bids for state-wise empanelment of agencies to implement 3.252 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Last December, Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnav informed the Lok Sabha that Indian Railways will work towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and is committed to 100% electrification of the broad gauge railway network.

In November last year, the Western Railway announced it had saved ₹30 million (~$362,902) on energy bills during the financial year 2021-22 by installing 6.6 MW of solar power projects across 97 railway stations and 3.92 MW of solar power projects at 46 railway office buildings.

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