Railways Issues Empanelment Tender for 2.18 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

The last day to submit the bids is July 18, 2023


South East Central Railway has invited bids for state-wise empanelment of agencies to implement grid-connected rooftop solar projects of 2.185 MW at various locations in the Raipur Division through public-private partnership and on a design, build, finance, operate, and transfer basis.

The projects would be developed in two capacity ranges— more than 10 kW and up to 100 kW, and more than 100 kW and up to 500 kW.

The projects must be commissioned within 240 days of receiving the work order. The developers must also provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services for 25 years.

The last day to submit the bids is July 18, 2023. The bids will be opened on the same day.

Bidders must furnish an earnest money deposit of ₹1.07 million (~$13,047)/ MW of the quoted capacity.

The selected bidders must submit a performance security of ₹1.6 million (~$19,509)/ MW of the quoted capacity within 30 days of signing the power purchase agreement (PPA).

The successful bidders must provide a bid process management fee of ₹75,000 (~$914)/ MW of the awarded capacity within 30 days of signing the PPA.

The empanelment will be valid for one year, with the possibility of an extension for another year based on the developer’s performance and requests from zonal railways.

The generated solar power will be utilized solely through the net metering system by the Railways.

Bidders must have experience installing a minimum aggregate 200 kW capacity of grid-connected solar rooftop systems in developer or engineering procurement and construction (EPC) mode before the bid submission deadline.

Bidders with experience installing and commissioning a minimum aggregate 1 MW capacity of any grid-connected systems as a developer or an EPC contractor in any sector such as residential, social, industrial, commercial, government, or any other client can also submit bids.

They must have had an average annual turnover of ₹15 million (~$182,903) during the last three years. They should also have had a positive net worth in all the last three financial years.

The successful bidder will enter into a 25-year PPA with the railways after receiving the letter of award, which may also need to be signed at a divisional level if required by the public utilities or Zonal Railways.

The tender does not include any central financial assistance.

Recently, South Eastern Railway invited bids for the empanelment of agencies for setting up 13.54 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects in Odisha, Jharkhand, and West Bengal railway zones.

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