Jharkhand Invites Bids for 15 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The deadline for the submission of bids is October 10, 2019


The Jharkhand Renewable energy Development Agency (JREDA) has issued a tender for 15 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects on government buildings anywhere in the state.

The state agency states that the projects could be of various capacities subject to an increase or decrease on the actual requirement at the time of placing the order and availability of resources.

The last date for the submission of bids is October 10, 2019, while the technical bid opening date has been scheduled for October 11, 2019.

The estimated cost of the project is ₹1.428 billion (~$20 million). The period of the contract is for a year.

Interested bidders need to pay ₹200,000 (~$2,802) as the earnest money deposit (EMD) for a capacity of 100 kW project.

The technical eligibility specified by JREDA includes that the bidder should have installed at least one grid-connected or off-grid solar PV power project having a capacity not less than 10 kW for category ‘A,’ 50 kW for category ‘B’ and 100 kW for category ‘C.’

The bidder should have a cumulative experience of executing contracts of supply and installation of at least 25% of the bid capacity of SPV power project should not be less than seven years.

Regarding the financial eligibility, the interested bidders should have a minimum average annual turnover of 25% of the bid capacity in the last three financial years (FY).

The financial competence of the bidder will be evaluated based on the average annual turnover of ₹2,500,000 (~$35,050)/100 kW for the last three financial years.

The successful bidder will have to submit a security deposit at the rate of 10% of the allotted work order value for one year.

According to the JREDA, the scope of work entails the rate contracts for design, manufacture, testing, supply, installation, and commissioning of grid-connected rooftop SPV power projects of different capacities including five years of comprehensive maintenance on a turnkey basis.

The successful bidder will also be responsible for preparing the pre-feasibility report of the proposed sites for the solar projects and support in obtaining net-metering approval from the concerned distribution companies for grid-connectivity.

In May 2019, Mercom had reported that the Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) had approved the procurement of 10 MW of solar power by Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) from the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

Previously, it was reported that Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture between the public-sector units of the Ministry of Power and the Government of India, issued a tender to set up 100 MW of solar projects across Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand.

In 2018, JREDA had announced that it would provide an additional subsidy of 20% for the installation of rooftop solar systems in schools.

Anjana is a news editor at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, she held roles of senior editor, district correspondent, and sub-editor for The Times of India, Biospectrum and The Sunday Guardian. Before that, she worked at the Deccan Herald and the Asianlite as chief sub-editor and news editor. She has also contributed to The Quint, Hindustan Times, The New Indian Express, Reader’s Digest (UK edition), IndiaSe (Singapore-based magazine) and Asiaville. Anjana holds a Master’s degree in Geography from North Bengal University, and a diploma in mass communication and journalism from Guru Ghasidas University, Bhopal.