The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has invited bids for electrification work at seven villages in the state using 583 kW of mini and micro-grid solar power systems. The developers would be required to set up the projects along with the required distribution network and also provide a five-year comprehensive maintenance contract on a turnkey basis. Monocrystalline or multi-crystalline silicon solar modules must be used in the projects and they must meet quality standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission or the Bureau of Indian Standards. Participants are eligible if they are manufacturers of modules, batteries, or PV system electronics for solar mini and micro-grid products. They must also have had experience in execution, supply, and installation contracts of at least 25 per cent of the tendered capacity. The bidders must have also had a minimum average annual turnover of at least 25 per cent of the bid capacity in the last three financial years. Medium and small enterprises are exempt from the financial criteria. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 166.9 million and it must be completed within three months of the letter of awards. The deadline for submission of bids is January 11, 2021.
So far, Jharkhand has issued tenders for 304 MW of solar projects of which 20 MW comprised of rooftop and minigrid systems. In December 2020, JREDA floated a tender for empanelling agencies for solar standalone systems and solar street lighting in the state. In October 2020, The Eastern Coalfields Limited 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.