Tender For 1 GW Solar Capacity For Railways In India

REMCL Issues Tender For 1 GW Solar Power Capacity To Be Established Along Railway Tracks In 14 Indian States; September 2, 2020 Last Date To Submit Bids
01:02 PM (Beijing Time) - 05. July 2020

To make use of space along railway tracks in India, the Indian Railways wants to set up solar power capacity for which REMCL has now launched a 1 GW tender. (Photo Credit: TaiyangNews)

Key Takeaways

  • REMCL has launched a tender for Indian Railways seeking establishment of 1 GW solar power capacity
  • This capacity needs to come up along railway tracks in 14 Indian states in the form of 14 packages
  • Solar cells and modules to be used for these projects need to be domestically manufactured

Indian Railways has solicited bids for 1 GW of solar power capacity to be set up along the tracks on railway land in various states. The tender has been launched by the Railway Energy Management Co., Ltd. (REMCL), a subsidiary of the Indian government’s transport and engineering consultant RITES Ltd. It is in charge of ensuring 3 GW of solar power capacity for the Indian Railways.

Interested bidders need to submit both technical and financial bids. Winners will be required to design, build, finance, operate and ensure long-term maintenance of the awarded capacity. Tender documents stipulate use of domestically manufactured solar cells and modules for this capacity under domestic content requirement (DCR) guidelines, as per the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) specifications.

This 1 GW capacity can be built along tracks in 14 states of Assam, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Punjab, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi, Odisha, and West Bengal in 14 packages.

The successful bidder will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Nodal Railway.

A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for July 30, 2020; the last date for bid submission is September 2, 2020. Tender documents are available on the government’s e-procurement website.

In May 2020, REMCL launched a 1 GW solar power tender to be established on railway land in various states.

Anu Bhambhani

Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews

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