SECI Seeks RE Based Solutions for Energy Needs in Remote Himalayan Areas

SECI has invited EOI for exploration of RE solutions which can be deployed in hostile climatic conditions for meeting energy needs in remote Himalayan areas

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) from IPP, OEM, Technology Provider, Technology Licenser for exploration/availability of systems/solutions based on Renewable Energy (RE) Sources / Energy Storage Sources or a combination of these two which can be deployed under hostile climatic conditions for meeting energy requirement in remote Himalayan areas.

The nodal agency stated that one of its objectives includes the promotion of new technology and the development of demonstration projects. Adding that it has also been working effectively for decarbonisation (i.e. reducing dependence on fossil fuel like diesel, kerosene oil) by way of RE sources. Accordingly, it is willing to explore techno-commercially viable renewable energy-based solutions for supplying power to small off-grid consumers, residing in High Altitudes Area (HAA) and extreme cold climatic conditions (approx. +20 C to -500 C).

Further, the system is to be developed through IPP mode/ EPC Mode and shall be entirely funded by the GOI through SECI for the beneficial utilisation by the consumers.

As per the notification, the EOI if for assessing the availability of RE-based system/solutions for deployment under hostile climatic conditions for catering to the energy requirements of the region.

It has been clarified that:

  1. The solution/system should be modular in nature and can be replicated/deployed under similar conditions. Further, the system should have the highest degree of safety in regard to the persons and the environment.
  2. Solutions/system should be modular and easy to dismantle/ assemble, transport, deploy, commission, operate and requires limited maintenance during operation.
  3. SECI envisages the useful life of such a system/solution to be around 10 years.
  4. SECI will coordinate with the consumer for facilitating logistic support, obtaining necessary permission for deployment at its site, if any.
  5. The selected entity shall be required to provide training for the maintenance of the system/solutions to the authorised representatives of the consumer.
  6. Parties may be required to enter into a definitive agreement/arrangement for the deployment of the system/solutions.
  7. Systems which have a proven track record of operation in extreme cold conditions and at high altitudes will be given preference

The nodal agency intends to deploy the system within a time period of around 18 months i.e. preferably by 2021.

The last date for submission of responses to the EOI is November 6, 2020. And an e-consultation meeting with all prospective participants is scheduled on October 5, 2020, to address all queries and concerns raised by the prospective bidders.

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Ayush Verma

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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