The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has floated a tender for the development of 70 MW of solar power projects to be installed across various locations in Goa. The tender document specifies that bidders will be required to construct, operate, and maintain the projects, as well as set up interconnection facilities. Further, the successful bidder must also be responsible for operation and maintenance (O&M) activities for 12 years. Convergence Energy Services Private Limited a subsidiary of EESL, willprovide the required land for development and be in charge of organising the competitive bidding process. The offered capacity has been divided into three lots of 25 MW, 25 MW, and 20 MW, respectively. The successful bidder should furnish the performance security for 10 per of the contract price within 28 days of the issue of the letter of awards. The last date to submit bids is February 26, 2020.
The solar modules used in the development must be warranted for peak wattage of at least 90 per cent at the end of 10 years and 80 per cent at the end of 25 years. 25 per cent of the tendered quantity is earmarked for micro and small enterprises, of which 4 per cent and 3 per cent are reserved for companies owned by scheduled caste and scheduled tribe, and women entrepreneurs, respectively.
In November 2020, EESL signed a MoUwith the Department of New and Renewable Energy (DNRE) of Goa for the launch of India’s first convergence project in the state. As per the proposal, EESL will develop solar-powered agriculture feeders, battery energy storage systems, and LED streetlights in rural areas of Goa.