The National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous R&D institution under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has invited bids to fabricate, supply, install and commission 800 solar dryer cum space heating systems in Jammu and Kashmir. The systems will be implemented in the Leh and Kargil regions of the state in two phases: 300 units in the first phase and 500 units in phase two.
To be eligible for bidding, vendors and manufacturers should have production facilities for solar thermal systems, PUF chambers and machining work, to make the systems according to designs provided by the NISE. They should also have average annual turnover of Rs 2 crore for the last three fiscal years (2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19).
The selected manufacturer will be required to establish one service centre each in the towns of Leh and Kargil. The estimated cost of the systems — including supply, installation and commissioning — will be about Rs 1.75 lakh. The bidders are required to submit a sum of Rs 12,00,000 as deposits, along with the technical bid and free system samples.
The deadline for bid submissions is May 24. Technical bids will open on May 27.
The samples of the solar dryer cum space heating systems that bidders send to the NISE campus should arrive on or before May 28, and should be installed and commissioned on the same day.
Several amendments have been made to technical specifications of the various components of the systems. For the 300 W, 24 V multi-/monocrystalline PV panels, the only new requirement for putting them on top of the drying chambers is that they must be approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
Further, the financial bids for 300 systems in phase one and 500 systems in phase two will be evaluated independently. The 300 units under phase one are to be completed within 10 weeks of the date on which the work order is issued. The 500 units for phase two will be implemented subject to the progress made in phase one, amongst other factors.