Haryana floats tender for 33,000 solar inverter chargers

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has invited bids for the supply of solar inverter chargers. The agency would procure 30,000 inverter-chargers of 640 W and 3,000 inverter-chargers of 320 W.

These solar inverter chargers would be used to charge the batteries of existing conventional inverters in the state. The contract will also include five years of warranty for the complete system. 
Bidders will have to pay earnest money deposit (EMD) of Rs200,000 (about $2,676). The last date for the submission of bids is 11 August 2020.
However, Haryana-based manufacturing, micro, and small enterprises (MSEs) and Khadi and Village Industry units, will not have to pay any EMD. Haryana based startups, first-generation entrepreneurs, and central or Haryana public sector enterprises will also not have to pay any EMD. 
The bidder should be a registered manufacturer of solar modules and should have a valid test report for the solar modules issued by any of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), or International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) accredited laboratory. The bidder should have successfully completed a similar contract of at least Rs28.14 crore during the last three years.
It may be noted that the union ministry of new and renewable energy recently extended the deadline for the self-certification of solar inverters b six months to 31 December 2020. The MNRE said the extension was due to the disruption caused by the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown.
Besides, the bidder should have a minimum average annual turnover of Rs21.1 crore in the last three years. The bidder should have a positive net worth in the last three years, ending 31 March of the previous financial year.
The subsidy amount of Rs10,000 for 640 W and Rs6,000 for 320 W solar inverter charger will be released to the supplier after satisfactory installation and working of the items and submission of the joint commissioning report (JCR). The balance amount (total cost of systems apart from the applicable subsidy) should be collected by the empanelled supplier from the beneficiaries.
HAREDA is in the process of implementing a programme for solar inverter chargers to charge the batteries of existing conventional inverters and to provide an additional source of power in market mode. Under the market mode, the beneficiaries have the choice to choose any supplier from the department empanelled suppliers. The beneficiary share will be collected by the empanelled supplier, and the subsidy will be released to the supplier after the installation and commissioning of the system.
The Haryana government has started promoting renewable energy development in a big way. HAREDA last week invited bids for 30 MW of rooftop solar systems on government buildings in the state.
The capital investment for the project will be nearly Rs110 crore. The systems will be installed under the renewable energy service company (RESCO) model. The contract will also include operation and maintenance (O&M) services for 25 years.
The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has recently approved a petition seeking installation of grid-connected solar-powered pumps in the state.
According to the proposal submitted by the state’s two Discoms, the pilot project will involve the installation of 468 such solar pumps, with a combined generational capacity amounting to 2.9 MW. The projects are expected to be installed at 11 kV agricultural feeders in Biana in Karnal district and Marupur in Yamunanagar district. Further, the project is expected to get a 30 percent subsidy through the central government’s KUSUM programme.
The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has also issued a tender for 20 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects to be developed across the state. The bid-submission deadline is February 15, 2019.
The state government has facilitated online submission of applications for subsidy on solar power panels.