NTPC to Empanel Consultants for Third-Party Quality Inspection of 1.5 GW of Solar Panels

The work will include inspecting and testing solar panels manufactured anywhere in the world


The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a notice inviting applications for empaneling consultants for third party quality inspection and testing of up to 1,500 MW of solar panels manufactured anywhere in the world as specified by the NTPC.

The scope of work includes factory auditing the PV module manufacturers including pre-production planning, round the clock production supervision, quality control of manufactured modules through random sample selection, monitoring container loading, and in case of domestic content requirements, the consultants must witness their manufacturing and make sure the products comply with the tender conditions.

To be eligible to take part in the competitive bidding process, applicants should have factory audited at least three module manufacturers, and conducted third party inspections for at least 1,200 MW of solar modules in the last three years. They must also have carried out these inspections for a batch of modules, at least 300 MW in size. Bidders must also have had an average annual turnover of ₹81.95 million (~$1.1 million) in the last three financial years.

Earlier, Mercom reported that the Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) has floated a tender for the empanelment of firms for the supply, installation, and commissioning of rooftop solar systems. These grid-connected rooftop solar systems, ranging between 1 kW-10 kW and 10 kW-500, will be set up at various locations in Delhi. Of the 30 MW capacity, 10 MW is slated for each of Delhi’s three distribution companies.

Previously, NTPC also invited bids for a solar inverter package of 23 MW for a solar power project at Solapur in Maharashtra. The scope of work includes the supply of string and central inverters of total capacity 23 MW at 50 deg unity power factor and 23 MVA at 40 deg ambient with 0.95 pf at NTPC Solapur in Maharashtra. The last date for the submission of bids is April 07, 2020, and the last date for the receipt of queries from the prospective bidders is March 24, 2020.