UP Issues Tender For Solarisation of 1,000 Agricultural Pumps Under PM-KUSUM 

Highlights :

  • The tender has put the onus of operations and maintenance of the solar pumps on the bidders for the first five years. 
UP Issues Tender For Solarisation of 1,000 Agricultural Pumps Under PM-KUSUM  PGVCL 921 MW tender

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has now issued a tender for solarising 1,000 agricultural pumps under the Component C of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme.

The state nodal agency for clean energy projects asked bidders to bid for the project under which they would be obligated to design, supply, survey, install, test, and commission the projects within four months. 

They have also been asked to ensure the operations and maintenance of the same for the first five years after commissioning. UPNEDA has kept the estimated cost of the tender at Rs 60 crore, excluding Goods and Services Tax (GST). 

The bidders can submit their bids till June 15, 2023, up to 6 pm, while the pre-bod meeting will be held on June 2 at 12:30 pm. While the online technical bid opening will be taken up at 12:30pm on June 16, the agency will intimate the tentative date for the online financial bid opening.

As per the tender documents, the tender fees for the project are fixed at Rs 11,800, whereas the bidders would also have to submit a bank guarantee of Rs 1.2 crore (2%) of the tender amount. The tender also said that the company’s annual turnover should also be around Rs 18 crore (30% of the estimated cost).

It also said that the bidders must have technical experience in installing or supplying grid-connected or off-grid solar pumps and rooftops with an aggregated capacity of 1000 Kilowatt (kW).

“The Net worth of the bidder as of the last day of the preceding financial year (2021-2022) shall not be less than 100% of the paid-up share capital,” the tender document said. 

As per the mandate of Component C of the PM-KUSUM scheme, the government works towards the solarisation of agricultural pumps, feeders, and others to boost the penetration of solar energy in rural India and decarbonize the agricultural sector.

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