West Bengal invites bids for developing a 5 MW floating solar project

The West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) has floated a tender for developing a 5 MW grid-connected floating solar power project at the Santhaldih Thermal Power Station in Purulia. The developers will be required to carry out the design, engineering, manufacture, procurement, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the solar project on Raw Water Pond No. 1 locatedat the power station. Further, they must complete the project within nine months of issue of the letter of award and subsequently provide comprehensive operations and maintenance services for the project for five years. The project is estimated to cost Rs 348.4 million. The bidders will also have to submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 7 million and the last date for submission of bids is April 12, 2021.

Participants are if they have similar experience executing, operating, and maintaining at least one 5 MW rooftop, ground-mounted, or floating solar project or two such projects of 2 MW each in the last seven years. In addition to having a net worth greater than or equal to the value of its paid-up capital, the bidder must also have a minimum average turnover of at least Rs 110 million in the last three financial years.

In January 2021, The Solar Energy Corporation of India invited bids on behalf of Bharat Coking Coal Limited for the construction of a 25 MW solar power project at the Bhojudih Coal Washery in Purulia. The state also has immense floating solar potential with Damodar Valley Corporation proposing 1.7GW of floating solar projects along with four of its dams in West Bengal and Jharkhand.

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