Visvesvaraya Technological University Issues 360 kW Rooftop Solar Tender

The projects are expected to be developed on roofs of various buildings of the campus to meet up to 90% of its annual energy demand

August 29, 2019


Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), a university located in Karnataka, has issued a tender to set up 360 kW of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) energy installation at the university campus in Belagavi.

The scope of the work for this tender includes supplying, installing, testing, and commissioning the grid-connected rooftop solar system at VTU. Successful bidders would also be responsible for insuring, transportation, loading, and unloading of all equipment. The rooftop solar projects are to be constructed on the university’s administration building, library, and PG blocks. The Solar PV system on the rooftop of the selected buildings will be installed for meeting up to 90% of the annual energy requirements depending upon the area of roof available.

Bidders are supposed to provide an earnest money deposit (EMD) of ₹243,000 ($3,390).

The tender mandates that bidders should have executed similar nature of single project not costing less than 80% amount put to tender. The bidder should have also supplied, installed, tested, and commissioned single work of not less than 288 kW rooftop solar power plant.

Projects will be awarded based on the lowest quoted tender price. The tender has allowed a completion time of eight months. The last date of submission of bids is September 30, 2019.

Many educational institutions in India have turned to rooftop solar as a source of clean energy. Due to surging electricity bills and the desire to protect the environment, more and more educational institutions are turning to solar to meet their daily energy needs.

In April 2019, Punjab’s Akal University installed a 1.2 MW solar project to fuel its energy needs.

In January 2019, Tripura University installed a 500 kW rooftop solar system on its campus.

Recently, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issued operational guidelines to implement the second phase of its grid-connected rooftop solar PV program. Overall, 22 GW of rooftop solar PV projects is to be set up under the second phase of this program.

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Shaurya is a staff reporter at with experience working in the Indian solar energy industry for the past four years in various roles. Prior to joining Mercom, Shaurya worked with a renewable energy developer and a consulting company. Shaurya holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.