MNRE Seeks Comments on Draft Tender for Component-B of KUSUM Scheme

MNRE has requested comments on the draft tender prepared by EESL for the installation of standalone solar pumps under component-B of KUSUM.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is implementing the PM-Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) scheme under which standalone solar pumps are being installed with government financial support. During FY 2020-21, installers of the standalone pumps will be selected through competitive bidding to be conducted through Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The draft tender has been prepared and MNRE has requested comments/ suggestions from stakeholders before it is released for bids.

The last date for submission of comments is December 14, 2020. Subsequently, a discussion on the comments/ suggestions submitted by the stakeholders on December 15, 2020. 

As per the draft tender, the scope of work for the selected installers will include the design, manufacture, supply, transport, installation, testing and commissioning of off-grid solar photovoltaic water pumping systems of 1-10 HP in selected states on pan India basis. The installers will also responsible for including a complete system warranty and its repair and maintenance for 5 years under the MNRE off-grid and decentralized solar PV applications scheme on behalf of State Nodal Agencies (SNAs). 

It is also stated that subject to meeting terms and conditions stated in the tender document including but not limiting to pre-qualification criteria, 25 percent of the total quantity of the tender is earmarked for MSEs. Out of the 25 percent target of annual procurement from micro and small enterprises 4 percent & 3 percent shall be earmarked for procurement from micro and small enterprises owned by Scheduled Caste (SC) & Scheduled Tribe (ST) entrepreneurs and women entrepreneurs respectively. In the event of failure of such MSEs to participate in the tender process or meet the tender requirements and L1 price 4 percent & 3 percent sub-targets so earmarked shall be met from other MSEs.

It has also been added that the bidders must ensure that the indigenous capacity is utilised to the fullest extent possible in the execution of this order. Where the imports are unavoidable, all such items shall be imported by the bidder in time against his own import license without affecting the contractual delivery schedule.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com 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 iamrenew.com.

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