EESL Tenders for Rooftop Solar Projects Worth 20 MW in Andhra Pradesh

EESL Tenders for Rooftop Solar Projects Worth 20 MW in Andhra Pradesh

EESL has issued a tender for setting up rooftop solar PV power projects worth 20 MW in Andhra Pradesh.

EESL 20 MW Solar Andhra

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has issued a tender for setting up of grid-connected rooftop solar PV power projects worth 20 MW in Andhra Pradesh.

According to the tender document, the systems will be installed under the RESCO model. The solar project capacities have been divided into three packages. Under package 1, the maximum capacity to be offered is 8 MW, under package II the capacity offered will be 10 MW, while the capacity under the last package III will be 2 MW. However, the tender provides provisions for amending the capacity offered under each package depending on the open roof area.

The scope of work for the selected bidders will include the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of the rooftop power projects on a turnkey basis. The successful developers will also be responsible for the supply of solar PV modules consisting of the required number of crystalline PV modules, a grid-interactive power conditioning unit with remote monitoring structures, and a comprehensive onsite maintenance warranty for 25 years.

The last date for bid submission is March 18, 2020, and all bidders must submit an Earnest Money Deposit in the range of Rs 91.5 lakh and Rs 19.4 lakh based on the package of the tender they submit their project bid proposals.

According to the EESL, PV modules containing silicon must be used. Each of these modules must be rated for a minimum of 325 W with 72 cells. The efficiency of the PV modules should be a minimum of 16 percent, and the fill factor should be more than 75 percent. The PV modules should be supplied with a suitable Aluminium frame.

Recently, we had reported that the state-owned agency had forayed into solar power generation and plans to set up 1.5 GW of decentralised solar power plants across the country by the end of 2020-21, according to managing director, Saurabh Kumar. According to Kumar, the Maharashtra government had given a mandate for 800 MW of solar power, of which EESL has already operationalised 100 MW. Rajasthan has given EESL the mandate to set up 113 MW of solar distributed generation projects, he added.

The company, however, will not set up a solar capacity of more than 10 MW at one location, Kumar said, adding that the capacity of these solar power plants in each substation ranges from 0.5 MW to 10 MW. According to Kumar, the decentralised solar plants will meet the requirements of farmers connected to the agriculture feeder. He said EESL has installed 1.1 million smart meters in New Delhi Municipal Corp area, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Bihar. EESL has set a target of installing 250 million smart meters over the next few years.

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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