Kerala Govt Issues 2 MW Ground-Based Solar Tender

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State Government-owned foundry unit Autokast Limited in Kerala has floated a tender to develop a 2 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar project at the company’s factory in Cherthala.


The scope of the project includes site clearing, surveying, designing, engineering, procurement, transportation, instrumentation, installation, testing, and commissioning. After the successful commissioning of the project, the selected bidder will be responsible for providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for five years.

The date line to submit the bid is October 8, 2021. Tenders will be opened on October 12.


The earnest money deposit of INR 2 lakhs is required to participate in the bidding process.


Cost estimates for the project are INR 100 million. As a performance security deposit, bidders are required to submit 10% of the total contracted amount.

To be eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process applicants must have installed and commissioned solar power systems with a capacity of at least four megawatts in India. Bidders must have undertaken at least one 1 MW ground-mounted solar project in Kerala. In the last three years, bidders should have a turnover of at least INR 150 million. Bidders must also have had a positive net worth in the past three years.

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Over 19% efficiency is required for solar modules. After ten years, the output wattage of the modules must be 90% whereas, after 25 years, it must be 80%. During the first five years, the degradation of the power generated should not exceed 5%, and it should not exceed 10% after ten years. Mechanical structures, electrical works, and overall workmanship should be warrantied for at least ten years. The project should be completed within nine months from the date of work commencement.

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