Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) has released an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) tender to build 1 MW of rooftop solar projects on Sun Temple and Modhera town, as well as the impacted project area in the state’s Mehsana district.
The deadline for submitting online bids is February 28, 2022. The pre-bid meetings would be held on February 11 and 15. To technically qualified bidders, GPCL would display the opening bid date.
Bidders have to submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 1.86 million. Also, within two weeks of the letter of intent being issued, the selected bidder must additionally provide a performance bank guarantee for 10% of the EPC contract value, excluding goods and services tax (GST).
The selected bidder must commission rooftop solar systems within 45 days of the letter of intent’s date. If the bidder fails to commission the projects within the specified time frame, liquidated damages of up to 5% of the EPC contract value will be imposed.
The scope of work comprises the development of a smart integrated energy project consisting of 1,000 home rooftop solar systems with a 1 kW capacity each in Modhera, Samalaiyapara, and Sujanpura village households in the Mehsana district. A minimum of 500 of these systems should be grid-connected.
The vendors must also install 250 kW of rooftop solar systems on various government buildings in the district’s designated communities.
The bidders would be responsible for the whole 1 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems’ design, construction, engineering, erection, procurement, supply, testing, and commissioning.
Following completion of these projects, the selected bidder must also provide 10 years of full operation and maintenance (O&M) services.
After April 1, 2016, bidders must have developed and commissioned rooftop solar projects totalling 500 kW or more in order to participate in the competitive bidding process. Furthermore, applicants’ net worth shall not be less than Rs 20 million in the previous three fiscal years.
According to the procurement document, the successful bidder must offer solar modules with 72 cells that adhere to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM).
The winning bidder must provide a ten-year warranty on solar modules. The apex power efficiency of the solar modules shall not be less than 90% after 10 years and 80% after 25 years.