Maharashtra Invites Bids for 40 MW Solar Projects with Crystalline Technology

The last date for submitting bids is April 24, 2024


The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) has invited bids to undertake the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of two crystalline technology-based grid interactive solar power projects of 20 MW each.

The scope of work includes the associated power evacuation arrangement and a five-year operation and maintenance commitment. The projects will be in the villages of Babhulgaon and Saykheda in Washim district. The developers must deploy dry cleaning methods for the solar projects.

The last date for submitting bids is April 24, 2024. Bids will be opened on April 26.

The project comprises two solar projects with a combined capacity of 40 MW. The first project is situated in the village of Babhulgaon, covering an area of 40.98 hectares. It will be connected to the 132/33 kV Washim substation.

The second project is located in the village of Saykheda. It encompasses 43.17 hectares.

Bidders must submit a separate earnest money deposit (EMD) for each project based on the quoted project capacity. The specified rate is ₹100,000 (~$1,206.6)/MW.

Bidders must have experience either as engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractors or developers in executing solar photovoltaic grid-connected power projects.

The cumulative installed capacity of these projects should be at least 15 MW, with a minimum of one project having a capacity of 10 MW.

The 10 MW reference project must have been in operation for at least six months before the bid opening.

The net worth of the bidders as of the last day of the preceding financial year should not be less than ₹2.5 million (~$30,164)/MW for the quoted capacity.

If the bidder does not meet the net worth criteria, a letter or undertaking from its holding company is required, pledging unconditional and irrecoverable financial support for contract execution. The holding company’s net worth should not be less than ₹2.5 million (~$30,164)/MW for the quoted capacity.

Bidders must submit separate documentation for qualification for each project if the bidding is done for both projects. The documentation should confirm the bidder’s experience with a cumulative capacity of 30 MW, with at least two plants having a capacity of 10 MW each.

Bidders must have a minimum average annual turnover of  ₹50 million (~$603,251.03) for a 20 MW project. This financial criterion is based on the cumulative turnover over the preceding three consecutive financial years.

The turnover should specifically arise from the bidder’s activities as an EPC contractor or developer of infrastructure projects in India or from solar power generation projects in any country.

Recently, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company invited bids to procure 1 GW of grid-connected solar power to meet its renewable purchase obligation and future power needs.

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