Eastern Coalfields invites bids for the development of 1.4 MW of rooftop solar projects in Jharkhand and West Bengal

The Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL) has invited bids for the setting up of 1.4 MW of rooftop solar capacity for 11 offices across 26 locations of West Bengal and Jharkhand.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 36.79 million. The solar modules to be used must be made in India with preference given to Class I suppliers.

As the tender guidelines, the bidders must have had prior experience in the design, supply, installation andcommissioning of grid-connected solar projects of at least 4.5 MWp in the last seven years. They must also have a positive net worth in the last three financial years and a working capital of 20 per cent of the estimated cost of the project. The bidders must possess the working capital at least three months prior to the date of floating of tender. Eligible bidders must make an earnest money deposit (EMD) of Rs 459,990 to participate in the bid. Micro and small enterprises (MSMEs) will be exempted from paying the EMD.Successful bidders will be responsible for the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, storage, civil works, testing, commissioning, and the installation of net metering of the solar systems. They would also have to carry out operation and maintenance of the project for five years. The last date of submission of bids is November 4 2020.

ECL is a coal producer and has operations in the form of coal mines in Jharkhand and West Bengal. It is a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL). In September 2020, CIL announced a plan to set up 80 MWground-mounted solar projects in the current fiscal year of 2020-21. In November 2019, the company issued an expression of interest to set up a 100 MW solar pilot project in Chhattisgarh for captive consumption.

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