Odisha fire stations to go solar

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Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency is tendering grid-connected installations of Indian solar panels for 313 fire stations.

According to the bid document, cumulative generation capacity of 1,727.69 kWp will be installed at a cost of Rs17.95 crore. The fire station contracts have been bundled into five packages and the scope of the solar array work includes design, supply, installation, commissioning and maintenance for five years under net metering and with battery storage back-up. No deadline for bid submission has been announced yet.

Crucially, the installations must only feature Indian-made solar modules. The panels must qualify for the latest edition of the International Electrotechnical Commission PV module qualification test or the equivalent Bureau of Indian Standards certification.

Eligibility

Bidders must be either companies registered in Odisha under the Indian Companies Act 1956, partnership firms registered under the Indian Partnership Act 1932 or sole proprietorship firms with GST registration. Would-be developers must also have experience of installing 60% of the capacity they are bidding for in rooftop solar projects over the last seven years and 40% of the capacity volume in solar pumping systems, street lighting or village electrification.

However, the state renewables agency will allocate 10% of the generation capacity available in each of the five contract bundles to ‘local’ small and medium-sized businesses unable to meet the work experience criteria above and the financial guarantees demanded of larger companies.

The bid document also specified module mounting structures must be non-invasive – signifying they must not require grouting or chipping – and must be able to withstand wind speeds of up to 200km/hr.

The website of the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency claims the state has 14 GW of solar power capacity potential.