The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids for the development of 317,975 off-grid solar water pumps across 30 states and five union territories under Component-B of the Indian government’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program. Developers will be required to carry out includes design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing, and commissioning of the solar pumps. Additionally, they must offer a complete system warrant which includes repair and maintenance for five years. Only domestically manufactured modules must be used under the scheme and the pumps must meet the technical standards laid down by the MNRE. The developer will be expected to install and commission the solar pumps within 90 days of issue of the Notice to Proceed except in special category states, hill states, union territories, and island union territories where it must be completed within 120 days. Interested and eligible bidders must submit Rs 25,000 as the document bidding cost. The deadline for submission of bids is February 4, 2021.
EESL has been taking huge steps forward in improving off-grid solar infrastructure in the country. In November 2020, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of New and Renewable Energy (DNRE) of Goa to develop solar-powered agriculture feeders, battery energy storage systems, and LED streetlights in rural areas of the state. In December 2019, EESL issued a tender for setting up 181,200 solar pumps were slated to be installed across the country.