NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited, has invited bids seeking a developer for the installation of a 3 MW grid-connected rooftop solar project at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur. In addition to providing comprehensive maintenance for ten years, developers will also be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, construction, installation, testing, and commissioning of the project. To be eligible, the developer must have executed an industrial project or provided engineering, procurement, and management services either in the area of power, steel, oil and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer, cement, or coal mining of a value of Rs 40 million. The bidder must also have carried out work for at least one electrical substation of at least 11 kV either as a developer or an EPC contractor. The bidders must also have a net worth equal to at least 100 per cent of its paid-up capital. Further, they must also have had a minimum average annual turnover of Rs 120 million in the last three financial years.
Several educational institutions have launched solar tenders in recent years. In November 2020, Nalanda University invited bids to seek developers for the installation of a 5 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project on its permanent campus in Rajgir, Bihar. In August 2020, Central Electronics Limited issued a tender for the installation of 2.28 MW of rooftop solar capacity at G.B Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Uttarakhand. In September 2019, IIT Kharagpur issued a tender to install 1100 kW of solar capacity at its campus.