Uttar Pradesh to Install over 2,100 Solar Streetlights

The state also plans to install 800 solar high mast lighting systems, and 21,000 solar powerpack systems


The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has issued a tender to supply, installation, and commissioning of solar streetlights, high mast, and solar powerpack white-LED based systems.

All of these components will need to have 2.5 years of comprehensive warranty and maintenance and will be installed across various districts in Uttar Pradesh.

Under this tender, 2,100 solar streetlights are expected to be installed along with 800 solar high mast lighting systems, and 21,000 solar powerpack systems.

Interested bidders are required to pay ₹1.6 million (~$22,495) as the earnest money deposit (EMD) for this tender.

The bid submission deadline is November 4, 2019, while the technical bid opening date is November 5, 2019, and the financial opening date has been scheduled for November 13, 2019.

The deadline for completing the work is three months.

According to UPNEDA, the bidder should be a PV system integrator and should have installed or commissioned at least 3,000 solar photovoltaic LED lighting systems.

The bidder should have three years of experience in executing contracts of solar PV systems. The cumulative financial experience of the bidder should be at least 25% of the tender value. The successful bidder should have an overall average annual turnover of at least ₹46.5 million (~$0.66 million) in the last three financial years.

The scope of work includes the supply, installation, and commissioning of various components such as  PV modules, LED luminaries and batten, DC ceiling fan, charge controller, and lead-acid tubular plate batteries with necessary wire and cables.

The scope of work also includes the mandatory opening of service centers in the concerned district through which servicing and maintenance can also be provided. As per the tender, only indigenous modules tested at the International Electrotechnical Commission (ITC) should be used in the project.

Solar streetlights are an intelligent way of revamping public spaces in the country. In recent years, various state governments, along with the center have introduced tenders and programs to encourage such initiatives.

In December 2018, the MNRE had received the approval to launch phase II of Atal Jyoti Yojna (AJAY) during the financial year 2018-19 and 2019-20. The ministry had also received ₹500 million (~$7.13 million) to meet the pending liabilities of phase I of the program. Under the phase II of AJAY, 304,500 solar streetlights are expected to be installed in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, North Eastern states including Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, and parliamentary constituencies covering 48 aspirational districts.

Previously, Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) had also issued a tender for setting up LED solar streetlights across the state on a turnkey basis.

Recently, the Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited floated a tender for the supply, installation, and commissioning of 20,000 off-grid solar LED streetlights across the country.

Then in September 2019, Mercom had reported that the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) floated a tender for solar-powered home and street lighting systems in H.Kodihalli village of Mandya district.

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