Odisha Issues Tender For Solar Pumps Under PM-KUSUM Scheme 

Highlights :

  • OREDA in its tender mandated use of only locally manufactured solar panels for installation of solar pumps under the scheme.
  • It also asked the vendors to ensure the repair, maintenance for the first five years after installation.
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The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has now issued a tender seeking suppliers for off-grid solar pumps under the PM-KUSUM scheme. The state agency has sought vendors to install and commission off-grid solar pumps of 1 Horsepower (HP) to 7.5 HP. The agency has asked vendors to submit hard copies of their bids by October 13. 

As per the scheme’s mandate, the developers would have to take care of the complete system warranty and its repair and maintenance for five years under Component B of the PM-KUSUM scheme. The tender comes after the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), after it met with states, allowed states to issue their own tenders under the issue under Component B. 

OREDA said that the developers would be eligible for tax benefits. ” The Bidders will be free to avail fiscal incentives like Accelerated Depreciation, Concessional Customs and Excise Duties, Tax Holidays etc. as available for such projects. The same will not have any bearing on the comparison of bids for selection. As equal opportunity is being provided to all Bidders at the time of tendering itself, it is up to the Bidders to avail various tax and other benefits,” the tender read. 

The state agency said that individual farmers would be supported to install standalone solar agriculture pumps of capacity up to 7.5 HP to replace existing diesel Agriculture pumps / irrigation systems in off-grid areas where grid supply is unavailable. 

“Installation of new pumps shall also be permitted under this scheme. Pumps of capacity higher than 7.5 HP may be allowed. However, the CFA by MNRE, GOI is limited to the CFA applicable for pumps of 7.5 HP,” OREDA said. 

The state nodal agency, however, has mandated that only locally manufactured solar panels would be used for the scheme. “Solar PV capacity in kW for the pump capacity in HP will be allowed as per MNRE, GoI specifications under the scheme. Using indigenously manufactured solar panels with indigenous solar cells and modules will be mandatory. Further, the system’s motor pump-set, controller and balance should also be manufactured indigenously. The vendor has to declare the list of imported components used in manufacturing the solar water pumping system,” OREDA said.

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