The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has floated a tender for the development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity across government buildings in the state. The developers are expected to carry out the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of the project. They must also undertake comprehensive maintenance of the projects for five years which includes the payment of grid connectivity and meter charges. GEDA stated that each rooftop system will range between 3kW to 50 kW and the solar modules must have been manufactured in India. To be eligible for participation, the prospective bidder for 3-10 kW projects must have had 600 kW of similar projects in the last three years. Bidders for 10-50 kW projects must have had experience in developing 1200 kW of similar projects in the same period. The deadline for the submission of bids is 9 November 2020.
With 611.42 MW of installed rooftop solar projects, Gujarat is the leading state, accounting for 17.5 per cent of India’s total rooftop solar capacity. As of March 2020, 32 per cent of the state’s installed power capacity came from renewable energy. In February 2020, Gujarat had announced a Rs 9.12 billion provision for a subsidy for rooftop solar projects as a part of the state budget 2020-21. The state budget also set a target of achieving 30 GW of renewable capacity by 2022. 20 GW of this target will be met by projects tendered by the state while the remainder will be carried out by national implementing agencies.