Autokast Limited, a Kerala government-owned foundry unit, has floated a tender to develop a 2 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar project at its factory in Cherthala, Kerala. The scope of work comprises site clearing, survey, design, engineering, procurement, transportation, instrumentation, installation, testing, and commissioning of the project. The winning bidder will be responsible for operation and maintenance (O&M) services for five years from the date of commissioning of the project. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1 billion. The bid submission deadline is October 8, 2021.
The successful bidder must finish the project within nine months from the date of commencement of work. In case of any delay, the rate of liquidity damage should be 1 per cent of the contracted amount per week of delay, with a maximum of 10 per cent accepted contract. As per the tender documents, to be eligible for the bidding process, bidders must have installed and commissioned at least 4 MW of rooftop or ground-mounted solar projects in India. Of this, bidders must have installed at least one ground-mounted solar project with a 1 MW capacity in Kerala. Bidders also have to submit 10 per cent of the total contracted amount as the performance security deposit.
In June 2021, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has floated an operations and maintenance tender for a 1 MW grid-connected and ground-mounted solar project on the premises of the 220 kV sub-station at Kanjikkode, Kerala. The winning bidder will get the contract for three years. According to the bid documents, the scope of work includes cleaning of the solar modules, vegetation control, system inspection, supervision and control of the project, coordination of maintenance activities, and executing everything necessary to make sure the project stays in a good condition for three years.