ITBP, Sikkim tenders 10 KW and 5 KW solar projects for border outposts

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The Indo-Tibetan Border (ITB) Police Force at Lingdum in East Sikkim has invited bids for supply and installation of 10 KWp solar power plants at Muguthang and Naku border outposts (BOPs), and 5 KWp solar power plants at Zanak, Latok and 20R BOPs of its 13th battalion.

The bid submission deadline is May 15. The bids will be opened on May 16.

Bidders are encouraged to enquire about site conditions as the BOPs are located at high-altitude area.

Notably, being a part of inner ranges of the mountains of Himalaya, the state of Sikkim has no plains but elevations ranging from 300 to 8583 metres above means sea level. For most of the period in a year, the climate is cold and humid as rainfall occurs each month. The area experiences a heavy rainfall due to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal.

Electrifying BoPs 

Solar energy can be used to electrify BOPs located in remote border areas. Last year, PTI reported that Gujarat Frontier of the Border Security Force (BSF) was going to set up a 5 MW solar energy plant and also separately electrify 20 BoPs using solar energy.

Significantly, solar systems comprising a solar inverter along with solar panels and batteries can provide enough electricity to power lights and fans at BOPs.

Last year, one such project was also implemented by Su-Kam at the front posts of Border Security Force (BSF) along the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan, according to Economic Times. The project solarized each BSF post with a 1.5 KW solar system comprising a solar inverter along with 500W solar panels and batteries—providing enough power to run lights and 2-3 fans. The batteries store electricity to power these posts and allow security forces to charge their gadgets even after sunset.