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Five companies win CEL solar tender for substations in Maharashtra

The project will be developed in two parts

Solar tenders, Central Electronics, Solar-based small projects, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company, Site surveys, Project design document, Gensol Engineering, Kor Energy Private, Purshotam Profiles, Mitcon Consultancy and Engineering Services, Kalpa Power Private, Solar PV modules, Government of India

Five companies have won solar tenders of 44 MW capacity for which Central Electronics (CEL) had invited bids in December 2019. CEL had invited bids to install solar-based small projects with capacities ranging between 0.25 MW to 10 MW on the open, unused lands in the premises of the existing substations of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL).

The project will be developed in two parts. Part-I will consist of site surveys, submission of drawings for approval, minutes of the meet, and project design document. Part-II will comprise implementation of small solar power projects with an operation and maintenance (O&M) period of 10 years.

Gensol Engineering won a capacity of 13.2 MW, Kor Energy Private won a capacity of 11 MW, whereas Purshotam Profiles won a capacity of 8.8 MW. Mitcon Consultancy and Engineering Services won 6.6 MW, and Kalpa Power Private won a capacity of 4.4 MW.

All the five companies had bid for 44 MW at different tariff rates, in which Gensol Engineering had quoted the lowest price of Rs 15.1/W. After the lowest tariff of Rs 15.1/W quoted by Gensol Engineering, CEL asked the companies to go with the tariff rate of Rs 15.05/W.

The scope of work includes the supply of balance of system, including module mounting structures and any other items required for the installation of the solar PV projects. CEL will supply 310 Wp solar PV modules at the designated project sites.

Recently, the government of India invited an expression of interest for the proposed disinvestment of 100% shareholding in CEL. The last date for submission of interest is March 16, 2020. A few months ago, CEL had floated a tender for five MW multi-crystalline solar modules for several substations in Maharashtra.

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