Tamil Nadu floats tender for 1 MW solar project with 3 MWh battery storage

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited has floated a tender for developing a 1 MW solar power project with a 1 MW/3MWh battery energy storage systemin the state. In addition to carrying out operation and maintenance for ten years, developers would also be responsible for the design, engineering testing, and commissioning of the project. The project must be completed within 10 months of the date of receipt of the purchase order. Prospective bidders will have to submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 100,000 and the last date for submission of bids is March 24, 2021.

To be eligible, the bidder must have experience as an engineering, procurement, and construction contractor or developer for ground-mounted solar projects on a turnkey basis for a cumulative capacity of at least 1 MW in the lasts seven years. These must include at least two ground-mounted solar projects of at least 200 kW each. The financial criteria state that the bidder must have had a minimum average turnover of Rs 75 million in the last three financial years. Further, the bidders must have had a positive net worth and a minimum working capital of at least Rs 50 million as of the last financial year.

In January 2021, the Ministry of Defence invited expressions of interest for the development of a combined ground-mounted and grid-connected floating solar project on a turnkey basis at the Cordite Factory in Aruvankadu, Tamil Nadu. In September 2020, The Indian Oil Corporationfloated a tender for setting up a solar power project with a capacity of 2.75 MW at the firms’ LPG bottling plant in Trichy, Tamil Nadu.

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