Kerala Tenders for Empanelment of Contractors for 150 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

Kerala Tenders for Empanelment of Contractors for 150 MW Rooftop Solar Projects

KSEB has invited bids for the empanelment of contractors for setting up of rooftop solar plants worth 150 MW in Kerala under the SOURA project

Kerala 150 MW Rooftop Solar

The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has invited bids for the empanelment of contractors on EPC, EPC-RESCO hybrid basis for setting up of rooftop solar PV power plants worth 150 MW in the domestic sector in Kerala during 2019-20 & 2020-21, under the SOURA project.

‘SOURA’ is a scheme of Government of Kerala (GoK) aimed at developing Solar PV Rooftop/Ground mounted plants aggregating to 1000 MWp in the state in the true spirit of MNRE goal of achieving 100 GW of solar plants by the year 2022. SOURA scheme of the GoK includes 500 MWp through rooftop program within the coming 2 years. KSEB is in the process of creating a Special Purpose Vehicle for the smooth implementation of the project.

The scope of work for the empaneled developers will include the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the grid-tied rooftop solar plants under Part-A, Part-B Part-C and Part D of the tender. The EPC developers also have to mandatorily carry out Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the plant for a period of 5 years from the commercial operation date (CoD) of the plant under the EPC Model. The contractor shall be responsible for rectification/replacement of the defects of the equipment free of cost until the end of the defect liability period.

1. Part A: 2-3 kWp (In Part A; consumers have the option to choose two models- EPC and EPC RESCO Hybrid models. Based on the option of the consumer the contractor is bound to execute the project in EPC or Hybrid basis)

2. Part B: 4-10 kWp (Only EPC Basis)

3. Part C: 11-100 kWp (Only EPC Basis)

4. Part D: 101-500 kWp (Only EPC Basis)

Under the Hybrid model, the contractor shall commission the solar PV plants within the timelines specified in this bid document and carry out O&M, supply energy from the plants for a period of 25 years from the CoD of the plants.

The tender has cleared that the entire energy from the plants shall be accounted against the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) of KSEB Ltd.

The minimum capacity of the solar PV system at one location is 2 kWp. The minimum bid capacity shall be 1 MW per requisition and the aggregated maximum bid capacity of solar PV systems for the whole State is 150 MW, for the financial year 2019-20 and 2020-21 and subject to allocation under subsidy scheme from MNRE. The locations shall be based on applications received from domestic consumers.

Furthermore, the net meter and Solar energy meter shall be provided by the contractor. For capacity >10 kWp, solar energy meter shall be with MODEM having the facility of AMR and GPRS or Smart Meter (at the option of the bidder).

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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