UPNEDA floats bids for solarisation of 1,000 agricultural pumps

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has requested bids to build and commission grid-connected solar power systems for 1,000 agricultural pumps under Component C1 of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) programme. According to the tender guidelines, The anticipated cost of the project is 600 million. Also, the selected bidder must operate and maintain the project for five years after it is commissioned. Additionally, the bidders will be required to submit an earnest money deposit equal to 2 per cent of the projected project cost. As a performance bank guarantee, they must provide an amount equal to 10 per cent of the contract’s entire value.

The project must be completed within four months of the work award date, or within the time frame set by UPNEDA. Bidders must have provided and installed solar power projects with an aggregate capacity of 1,000 kW in the previous three years, including grid-connected, off-grid, rooftop solar, and ground-mounted projects.

According to UPNEDA, projects completed by March 31, 2024 will be excluded from the necessity to purchase solar modules from the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers. The solar modules must be of crystalline solar photovoltaic technology manufactured in India and have an efficiency of at least 15 per cent. The modules must be guaranteed for their output peak watt capacity, which must be greater than 90 per cent after 12 years and less than 80 per cent after 25 years.The bids must be submitted by June 15, 2023.

In October 2022, UPNEDA requested bids for the development of 50 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects based on net-metering. The projects will be situated at the government and semi-government buildings in Uttar Pradesh and will be deployed using the renewable energy service company model.