RITES Limited, an engineering consultancy company that specialises in transport infrastructure, has floated a tender for setting up 1 GW of land-based solar photovoltaic power projects on various zonal railways land across India. Interested bidders are expected to make an earnest money deposit of Rs 1 million, payable to the Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), a joint venture of the Indian Railways and RITES Limited. Applicants must also pay a tender fee of Rs 29,000 to the REMCL. The last date for submission of bids is June 29, 2020. A pre-bid meeting will be held on May 28, 2020.
The Indian Railways is the single largest consumer of electricity, with about a 2 per cent share of the national energy consumption. Indian Railways has been planning to source approximately 1,000 MW of solar power and nearly 200 MW of wind power by 2021-22 across zonal railways and production units. Out of the 1 GW of solar projects, the ministry planned to install 500 MW on the rooftop of railway buildings while the remaining 500 MW were to be used to meet both traction and non-traction requirements, according to a statement by the government. In a move to conserve energy, the South Central Railways has also installed solar panels at stations and service buildings across the zone. In 2019, REMCL also issued a Request for Selection to procure power from wind-solar hybrid projects.