GSECL invites bids for 224 MW of grid-connected solar projects in Gujarat

The Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) has invited bids for the design, engineering, supply, installation, and commissioning of 224 MW of grid-connected solar projects ranging from 10 MW to 55 MW at various Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO) substations. The project’s estimated cost is Rs 8.96 billion, and prospective bidders must pay an earnest money depositof Rs 4 million per MW. The last date to submit the bids online is September 8, 2021, and bids will be opened on September 15.

To participate in the bidding process, the bidder must have designed, supplied, and commissioned grid-connected solar projects with a cumulative installed capacity of 40 per cent or higher of the total bid capacity in MW, with one project being 5 MW for bid capacity ranging from 10 MW to 20 MW and 10 MW or higher for bid capacity ranging from 21 MW to 55 MW. The minimum capacity utilization factor for the group of locations has been set as 25 per cent. According to the tender report, the solar modules to be used must have a minimum 72 cell configuration and a module power rating of 300 Wp,as approved for solar photovoltaic module power performance testing in accordance with the most recent editions of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61215 and IEC 61730. Also, tested by the IEC or a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy-recognized testing laboratory.

GSECL solicited bids in May, 2021, to supply and repair damaged polycrystalline solar modules installed at the 1 MW ash dyke solar project in Gandhinagar. The scope of work includes replacing all current module technologies, save monocrystalline modules, with high-efficiency polycrystalline modules of the same capacity. GSECL has previously invited bids for the design, engineering, supply, procurement, and construction of 112 MW of grid-connected solar projects ranging from 10 MW to 50 MW at GETCO substations.

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