Tirunelveli Smart City Limited has floated two tenders for the development of 5 MW in the district. The first tender of 2 MW is at the west side of the Tirunelveli corporation dump yard and the remainder of 3 MW will be developed on the dump’s east side. Developers will be responsible for the design, supply, installation, commissioning, and comprehensive maintenance of the project. The developers must also maintain a capacity utilisation factor of 17 per cent against the installed, rated DC capacity. The project must be completed within 180 days of issue of the letter of intent. To be eligible for both tenders, the prospective bidders must have undertaken similar solar projects of a capacity of at least 1.5 MW for local bodies, the central government, state government, or public sector undertakings. In addition to having a positive net worth, they must have also had a minimum average turnover of Rs 100 million in the last three financial years. Further, the developer must have also had a minimum average turnoverof Rs 50 million in photovoltaics. Interested bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 1.5 million. The last date of submission of bids is December 9, 2020.
The smart city projects are currently being undertaken by the Tirunelveli Corporation for an investment outlay of Rs 9.96 billion. Tamil Nadu has floated several solar tenders in recent years. In September 2020, The Indian Oil Corporation floated a tender for the development of 2.75 MW of solar capacity in the Trichy district. The Central Electronics Limited floated a tender, in January 2020, for the setting up of solar capacities of 1.6 MW on rooftops of Government buildings in Tamil Nadu.