Tender and Policy Buzz India: MNRE Issues List of Approved Models & Manufacturers of Solar Modules; NCRTC Tenders For Roof Top PV Project; India Announces 40% BCD On Solar Modules, 25% On Solar Cells From April 2022 and more

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MNRE Issues List of Approved Models & Manufacturers of Solar Modules


Ministry of New and Renewable Energy released the approved list of models and manufacturers (ALMM) to be used for its projects. The ALMM list includes 23 manufacturers and their vetted modules which will be eligible for use in Government projects, schemes, bids which are out on or after 10th April 2021 as per the notification. In June 2020, R.K. Singh, Power and Renewable Energy Minister had said that the approved list of models and manufacturers was set to announced in September and implement from October. Such a provision was long waited by the Indian domestic manufacturing industry. The ALMM decision just comes next day after the announcement of imposition of 40% BCD on Modules and 25% Solar Cells. It’s yet another boost for India’s domestic solar manufacturing industry.


NCRTC Tenders For Commissioning of Roof Top Solar PV Project and Structure Works on RESCO Model


The National Capital Region Transport Corporation Ltd. (NCRTC) has invited open e-bids (Electronic Bid) (Manual bid are not permitted) on Local Competitive Bidding (LCB) under single stage two packet system for Design, Engineering, Supply, Installation, Testing, Commissioning and Comprehensive Operation & Maintenance of Roof Top Solar PV Project and associated support structure works on RESCO Model for a Period of 25 Years in Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut RRTS Corridor of NCRTC.

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Pre Bid Meeting Date: 18-Mar-2021
Bid Submission End Date: 08-Apr-2021
Bid Opening Date: 09-Apr-2021

India Announces 40% BCD On Solar Modules, 25% On Solar Cells From April 2022

MNRE announced that it’s proposal to impose BCD on solar cells and modules (without grandfathering of bid-out projects) has been agreed to by the Ministry of Finance.
– BCD on Solar Modules wef 01.04.2022 = 40%
– BCD on Solar Cells wef 01.04.2022 = 25%

The Ministry of Finance has also advised that the customs notification in this regard shall be issued at an appropriate time. The announcement also mentioned “In view of above, the undersigned is directed to inform all RE implementing agencies and other stakeholders, to take note of above trajectory and to include provisions in their bid documents, so that bidders take the trajectory into account while quoting tariffs, in all bids where the last date of bid submission is subsequent to this GM. In all such bids, the imposition of BCD as per above trajectory shall not be considered as change- in-law.“

SECI Extends Bid Deadline Extension for 25 MW (AC) West Bengal Tender

SECI issues extension of Bid submission Deadline: Tender for Design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of 25 MW (AC) Solar PV Power Plant having 5 years Plant O&M at BCCL, Bhojudih Coal Washery, Purulia District, West Bengal, India

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Revised Date & Time of Bid Submission: 24.03.2021 till 1400 HRS
Revised Date & Time of Bid Opening: 24.03.2021 at 1600 HRS

MNRE Issues Amended Draft Policy for DRE Livelihood Applications

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a revised draft policy framework for Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) livelihood application to Scale-up the currently available DRE livelihood applications and to Support development of new DRE livelihood applications. DRE-powered livelihood solutions have the potential to reduce and eventually eliminate the reliance of livelihoods on diesel and can supplement the grid supply. The ministry has invited comments/suggestions from stakeholders on the draft framework with a deadline of March 23, 2021. Livelihood applications powered by mini/micro-grids would also form part of the scope of this policy, provided such livelihood appliances are energy efficient. SNAs may form a State Implementation Cell for DRE based livelihood applications bringing the State Departments engaged in the implementation of such applications on the common platform.

NTPC Issues Tender for 200 KWp Solar PV on CW Channel

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NTPC issues tender for Design, Engineering, Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning with performance test of the Solar Panel (200kWp) to be installed on CW Channel at NTPC Dadri (Domestic Competitive Bidding).

Tender Submission Deadline: 25th March 2021
Completion time/Contract Period: 12 months from the date of award of PO.

Only Class-I local suppliers are eligible to participate in this tender, as defined in the bidding documents/Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India), Order 2017 and its subsequent amendments/ revisions issued by DPIIT. The bidders may apprise themselves of the relevant provisions of bidding documents in this regard before submission of their bids. The local content requirement to categorize a Bidder/Supplier as ‘Class-I local supplier’ is minimum 50%.

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