EESL tenders 100 MW solar in 3 states, plans 200 MW rooftop in Maharashtra

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Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL)—an energy service company under the Ministry of Power—intends to establish small, grid-interactive solar plants at lands of state-owned utilities in 3 states. To be set up in capacities of 500 kWp to 2 MWp, the cumulative solar plant capacity is 40 MW for Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh each and 20 MW for Jharkhand.

The plants shall come up on the open, unused lands in the substations of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited, Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited and Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited.

The brief scope of work includes design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of the plants. The selected bidder shall also provide comprehensive operation and maintenance for 25 years from the date of operational acceptance of the plant.

Completion period for the engineering, procurement and construction work is 120 days from the issue of notice to proceed.

Bidding closes on July 8. Technical bids will open the same day. Bidders are required to deposit bank guarantee of Rs4.8 crore ($0.69 million) for Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh projects each. The amount for Jharkhand is Rs2.4 crore ($0.35 million).

200 MW rooftop solar

News agency PTI has reported that EESL is also looking to install 200 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity in 5,000 state-owned buildings in Maharashtra in the next two years. The entire project cost—to the tune of Rs800 crore—would be borne by EESL. The projects would be set up on RESCO model (wherein the system is owned by the developer), so the state will have to pay only for the power generated. EESL aims to complete installation for 2,000 buildings by the end of this year, EESL Maharashtra Regional Manager Deepak Kokate told the news agency.

EESL, which is a joint venture of four public-sector undertakings National Thermal Power CorporationPower Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Powergrid, is rolling out energy efficiency applications including smart meters, streetlights, solar agricultural feeders and lamps, agricultural pump sets and electric vehicles.