Off-grid solar and storage solutions for Himalayas


The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited expressions of interest in supplying renewable energy systems to remote areas of the Himalayas.

The harsh demands of such an environment are indicated in the tender document, which stated the systems should be modular and easy to assemble because “the location is likely to be inaccessible by road. Most likely, every component will have to be transported on a backpack by human effort.”

The systems would power small, off-grid consumers at high-altitude and in extreme cold conditions of around +2 to -50 degrees Celsius and SECI anticipates such units would only endure for around a decade.

The clean energy equipment—to be developed by successful bidders as the engineering, procurement and construction provider and/or independent power producer— will be paid for by SECI. 

Developers, equipment manufacturers and technology companies can lodge proposals by November 6, with SECI aiming to install the systems within 18 months.

The tender specifies the clean energy units should be modular and easy to deploy, commission and operate.

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