Residential Welfare Association Takes Auction Route to Select Rooftop Solar Installer
U-Solar won the bid to install a 165 kW system
Solar developer and EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) service provider, U-Solar, emerged as the winner in the auction held by the Westend Heights Condominium Apartment Owners’ Welfare Association (WHCAOWA) in Bengaluru for a 165 kW+ rooftop solar system.
The tender was among the few publicly floated rooftop solar tenders by residential welfare associations in the city and was reported by Mercom.
“U-Solar won the project, and we are happy to engage with them. Our community will gain from their expertise. We are on an exciting journey path with a vision to take our installed SRTPV (Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic) capacity to more than 600 kWp”, said Kartikeya Khanna, secretary WHCAOWA.
The scope of work includes the design and layout of the project, including all civil, structural, electrical, and other related work, and supervising the work through completion. The contract also carries an ‘operations and maintenance agreement.
The supply and installation work must be completed within 90 days from the date the power purchase agreement is signed with the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM).
U-Solar will assemble rooftop solar installations on roofs at Westend Heights. The project is cumulative of 165 kWp (or more, depending on the site’s capability for expansion). It is expected to reduce electricity bills by at least 20,000 units each month on average.
The company will employ 440 Wp panels or higher to achieve maximum generation by optimizing the available rooftop area. U-Solar would also use SolarEdge inverters to optimize the scattered solar power plant and ensure that each string and module is optimized during low irradiation days.
“U-Solar is glad to have won this project. The clients were very well prepared, so educating them on technology and policy wasn’t needed, leading to a quick closure. We are looking to expand our residential portfolio in the apartment and villa society segments. With what solar technology can do today, apartment and villas have an opportunity to save money and invest in the environment as well.”, said K. R. Harinarayan, Founder and CEO of U-Solar Clean Energy
“DLF Westend Heights has realized the value of solar and is prepared for adopting solar in a massive way, starting with a 165 kWp plant. They are a huge account for U-Solar, and we hope to partner with them on their future projects as well, supporting DLF Westend Heights in enhancing the solar power plant & also reducing their carbon footprint.”, said Sanjeev Jha, Head of Operations of U-Solar Clean Energy.
Last month, U-Solar Clean Energy had won 5 MW of grid-connected, ground-mounted solar projects at the V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, in a tender floated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.
Rahul is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before entering the world of renewables, Rahul was head of the Gujarat bureau for The Quint. He has also worked for DNA Ahmedabad and Ahmedabad Mirror. Hailing from a banking and finance background, Rahul has also worked for JP Morgan Chase and State Bank of India. More articles from Rahul Nair.