Railways Issues Empanelment Tender for Rooftop Solar Systems in Two States

The bids deadline is May 10, 2023


South Eastern Railway has invited bids for state-wise empanelment of agencies for the implementation of rooftop solar projects of 2.3447 MW in Odisha and 1.4738 MW in Jharkhand.

The project 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 May 10, 2023. The bids will be opened on the same day.

The bidders must furnish an earnest money deposit of ₹1.07 million (~$13,016)/ MW. The selected bidders must submit a performance security of ₹1.6 million (~$19,464)/ MW to zonal railways within 30 days of signing the power purchase agreement (PPA).

The successful bidders must provide a bid process management fee of ₹75,000 (~$912)/ MW of the awarded capacity within 30 days of signing the PPA.

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

The empanelment duration will be one year from the work order issue date. Upon completion, the empanelment may be extended for another year based on agency performance and requests from Zonal Railways.

The generated solar power will be utilized solely by zonal railways through the net metering system for their respective locations under zones.

Evaluation of successful bidder for each capacity and range for each state will be done independently.

Bidders must have experience in the successful installation of a minimum aggregate 200 kW capacity of grid-connected solar rooftop systems in Developer or EPC mode before the scheduled bid submission deadline.

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

They must have had an average turnover of ₹15 million (~$182,493) per year during the last three years. They should also have had a positive net worth in all the last three financial years.

The successful bidder must sign PPA for 25 years with the railway for which it is issued the letter of award. The bidder may also be required to sign the PPA at the divisional level if required by zonal railways.

Earlier, 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.

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