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KSEB Invites Bids To Empanel Developers For Installing Floating Solar Projects

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The Kerala State Electrical Energy Board (KSEB) has issued a request for proposals to choose solar developers for a three-year contract to set up grid-connected floating solar projects on water bodies and reservoirs.

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The deadline for bid submissions is August 29, 2022. The opening of bids is set for 1 September.

Anywhere in the globe, bidders must be recognized as established designers, developers, manufacturers, or system integrators of floating solar projects by producing and integrating floating platforms and module mounting structures for projects that are ideally MW-scale.

The project will be built under a build-own-operate strategy for a period of 25 years. Surveying, evaluating the potential, and building grid-connected floating solar projects are included in the scope of work. 

Additionally, the developers will be in charge of the operation, maintenance, and potential evacuation of electricity as well as the preparations for its transmission up to the closest substation or pooling station selected by KSEB.

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A total of 10 MW in ground-mounted or floating solar systems must have been provided by bidders in the previous 5 years. Out of the total capacity, at least 10 MW of ground-mounted and rooftop solar systems with proven contracting of floating solar technology or 100 KW of floating solar systems must have been operational for at least one month prior to the bid opening date.

The bidders are required to have a net worth of Rs. 100 million or a three-year cumulative yearly turnover of Rs. 500 million. Every partner or group of partners in a joint venture or consortia must adhere to the turnover norms.

To reduce the risk associated with technology and ensure that the projects are completed in a timely manner, the KSEB has stipulated that only commercially established and operating technologies should be employed.

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