Kerala Legislative Assembly to go Solar, KELTRON Floats Tender

The specification asking for poly-crystalline modules is a surprise, considering that poly modules are close to being obsolete now.

The last date of bid submission is April 16, 2019.

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The Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) has issued a tender for the supply of solar PV modules, solar inverter and solar battery at the Kerala Legislative Assembly in Trivandrum.

The scope of the contract will include the supply of 120 No’s of 325Wp (40 kW system) Poly Crystalline PV modules as per the BOQ and standard and tender conditions. And, the supply of 15 KW, 10KW & 5KW Grid-Tied Solar Inverter as per the BOQ, standard and tender conditions and supply of 3 KW & 1KW Off-Grid Solar Inverter as per the BOQ. The surprising thing here is the mention of poly crystalline modules specifically in the tender, at a time when these modules, versus their mono-crystalline  options, are pretty obsolete.

The last date of bid submission is April 16, 2019, and the technical bids will be opened on April 19, 2019. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 12 lakhs and all bidders must submit an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 12 thousand along with their bids.

To be eligible, the Bidders should have supplied Solar PV Modules, Solar Inverter and Batteries in the current financial year. And have a minimum of two-year experience in the supply of Solar PV Modules, Solar Inverter and Batteries. Financially, the bidder should have an average annual turnover not less than Rs 12 lakhs in the last three financial years.

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In February, the Steel Industries Kerala Limited, a Government of Kerala undertaking, issued a tender inviting bids for setting up of two on-grid solar PV power plants worth 12 MW in Kidangoor Gram Panchayat in Kottayam, Kerala.

Recently, the Kerala State Electronics Development Corporation (KELTRON) issued a tender to set up a 3 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) project at The Indian Naval Academy, Naval Station, Ezhimala, Kannur.

The brief scope of work for the winning bidder on the project included, the supply and installation of electrical material required for installation, testing & commissioning of the solar PV plant.

With the vast spaces and poor occupancy most state legislatures have for significant parts of the year, there is a strong case for having solar installations in all of them. Like the green certified Kochi airport, lets hope the Kerela legislature will also blaze a new trail for other states to follow, with this move.

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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