West Central Railway Invites Bids for 12.5 MW Rooftop Solar Projects in Jabalpur, Bhopal, and Kota Zones


West Central Railway (WCR) has invited bids for the state-wise empanelment of agencies to install rooftop solar projects of 12.5 MW capacity at various locations in the Jabalpur, Bhopal, and Kota zones. The projects will be developed in two capacity ranges up to 100 kW and up to 500 kW.


The last date to submit bids is April 25, 2023, and the projects must be commissioned within 240 days of receiving the work order. The developers must provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services for 25 years.

The cost of the tender documents is Rs. 34,810, and the tender processing fee is Rs. 75,000 per MW at the time of PPA. Bidders must furnish an earnest money deposit of Rs.10.68 lakh/MW and a performance security within 30 days of signing the power purchase agreement.


Bidders must have experience installing a minimum of 200 kW capacity of grid-connected solar rooftop systems in Developer or engineering procurement and construction (EPC) mode before the bid submission deadline.

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The successful bidder must sign a PPA for 25 years with the railways. The empanelment duration will be one year from the work order, which may be extended for another year based on agency performance and requests from West Central Railway.

The generated solar power will be utilized solely through the net metering system by the Railways. The successful bidder for each capacity and range for each state will be evaluated independently. Bidders with experience in installing and commissioning a minimum aggregate 1 MW capacity of any grid-connected systems in developer or EPC mode in any sector such as residential, social, industrial, commercial, government, or any other client can also submit bids.

Overall, this initiative will not only help West Central Railway to save on electricity costs, but it will also contribute towards reducing the carbon footprint and promote the use of clean energy in the country.

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