Himachal Pradesh floats tender for developing off-grid solar systems for tribal communities

The Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (Himurja) has invited bids to develop1,700 off-grid solar systems of 250 W capacity each in the premises of individual households in the tribal areas of the state. Developers will be responsible for the design, engineering, manufacture, inspection, verification of the project site. They will also have to carry out the transportation up to the project site, loading and unloading, storage, erection, installation, commissioning, performance testing, and thedistribution of the solar systems to the respective beneficiaries. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 65 million, and the project must be completed within six months of the issue of the letter of award. Prospective bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 1.3 million and the last date to submit bids is June 6, 2021.

To be eligible, the bidder should be a system integrator or manufacturer of solar systems and must have installed and commissioned at least 100 kW in off-grid solar power projects for other nodal agencies and government departments. Further, the bidder must have had an average annual turnover of at least Rs 10 million in the last three financial years.The successful bidder will have to deposit a bid security amount equal to 10 per cent of the contract value within one month from the date of issue of the award letter.

Earlier this month, Himurja invited bids for the supply and installation of 20,000 solar street lighting systems in various villages, gram panchayats, and other agencies in Himachal Pradesh. Last year, the agency issued a tender for the supply of 10,000 solar lanterns in the state.

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