EESL Tenders for 175,000 Off-Grid Solar Pumps Under KUSUM

EESL Tenders for 175,000 Off-Grid Solar Pumps Under KUSUM

EESL has issued a tender for the procurement of 175,000 off-grid solar water pumps.

EESL 175,000 Solar Pumps

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power has issued a tender, under the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme, for the procurement of 175,000 off-grid solar pumps.

The scope of work for the selected bidders/vendors will include the design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing, and commissioning of the solar pumps. The vendors will also be required to provide complete system warranty and repair/maintenance services for a period of 5 years. The vendors will have a period of 90-120 days to complete the work on the project.

The project is part of the central government’s Off-grid and Decentralized Solar PV Application Program. The tender states that the solar pumps will be procured through a central agency, in this case, EESL, on behalf of the state nodal agencies (SNAs). These agencies will provide the letter of award to the selected bidders for the installation of the solar-powered water pumps.

According to the tender, water pumps with solar PV modules and pumps must be manufactured in India. The equipment should also be approved under the Bureau of Indian Standards and MNRE guidelines.

The last date for bid submission is September 11, 2019, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on the same date. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for August 28, 2019, to address the concerns raised by the prospective bidders.

The Earnest Money Deposit to be submitted by the bidders has been set based on the specific cluster or clusters for which they submit their bids.

To be eligible, the bidders should be either a solar PV module manufacturer or a solar pump manufacturer. The bidders should have an average annual turnover in the range of Rs 7.85-47.85 crore (Meghalaya/Assam-Telangana/Andhra Pradesh)based on the state/cluster in which they submit their bids. Additionally, the net worth of the bidder should not be less than 100 percent of the paid-up share capital.

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In July, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for the implementation of the Rs 34,422 crore KUSUM Scheme. The scheme hopes to provide 27.5 lakh solar pumps {17.50 lakh standalone (Component B) + 10 Lakh Grid-connected (Component C)}.

By projecting a total expense of Rs 34,422 crores for the scheme, the government has made its intent clear, and one hopes that the actual work on the ground will have the same backing and support

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for