SECI floats tender for 500 solar PV home cooking systems

Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has floated a tender for the installation of 500 solar home cooking systems in five districts spanning across the states of Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat. The five districts where the projects are to be installed are Ribhoi (Meghalaya), Bastar (Chattisgarh), Girdih (Jharkhand), Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) and Modhera (Gujarat). The project is expected to be completed in nine months. The scope of work involves the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the home cooking systems. The deadline for the submission of bids is November 8, 2019.

In many remote and inaccessible areas, where grid extension is not economically feasible, distributed generation can play a critical role in rural electrification. The modular nature of such systems, coupled with their low gestation period, makes capacity additions easier. They can also reduce the amount of electricity generated at centralised power plants. Further, the distributed systems powered by renewable energy, waste heat recovery or steam (which may be otherwise wasted) benefit the environment.

Other solar products have also increasingly helped meet the power requirements in rural areas. Over 1 million solar lanterns have been sold in the country, reducing the use of kerosene. Moreover, over 150,000 solar home lighting systems and 50,000 solar street lighting systems were installed, and 1.4 million solar cookers were distributed in rural areas under government programmes as of 2017.

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