Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) for the supply of mono or multicrystalline solar modules for a 100 MW solar project of the Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) at Raghanesda solar park in Gujarat. The bid submission deadline is November 25, 2021.
To participate in the competitive bidding procedure, bidders must have a module manufacturing capability of 150 MW per year. In India, bidders should have provided crystalline silicon modules with a power rating of 300 W or above for a minimum capacity of 100 MW. For one solar project with a minimum capacity of 10 MW, over 10 MW or more modules should have been supplied. The winning bidder must give a ten-year warranty on solar modules with a peak production capacity of not less than 90 per cent after ten years and not less than 80 per cent after 25 years. The winning bidder must provide a bank guarantee in the amount of Rs 1 million per MW of module capacity. The bank guarantee should have a 25-year and 90-day validity period.
In September 2021, BHEL completed a 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) project at NTPC Limited’s site in Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh. The plant can withstand wind speeds of up to 180 km per hour. All the platform structures and other equipment have been made corrosion-resistant due to their proximity to the coast. The scope of work comprised the design and engineering, procurement, and construction of the solar project.