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Coal India Invites Tender for 100 MW Solar Project in Gujarat

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Coal India Limited (CIL), Indian Government owned Coal producer has invited bids for a 100 MW (AC) grid-connected Solar Power project in Gujarat. The estimated cost of the project is INR 450 Crore.

Scope of Work for Coal India’s 100 MW Solar Power Project in Gujarat

Coal India limited has asked bids for acquisition and handover of land, design, engineering, supply and procurement, construction, erection, testing, commissioning and operation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic grid-connected power plant of capacity 100 MW. The successful bidder will also be responsible for creating the evacuation infrastructure.

The successful bidder will also have to take care of the project’s operation and maintenance for 5 years from the start of the test period.

Important Dates and Guidelines related to CIL’s Gujarat Solar Power Project

Last date to submit the bids is April 15, 2021. Bids will be opened on 16th April 2021. The project should be capable of interconnection with the state transmission utility, Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited’s (GETCO) substations operating at a voltage level of 33 KV or 66 KV or 220 KV.

CIL in the bid document specified that only crystalline silicon modules should be used for solar panel construction purposes, and their peak power rating should not be less than 300 Wp (Watt peak). The efficiency of the modules should be at least 15% in standard testing conditions.

The successful bidder will have to submit a performance security amount equivalent to 3% of the contract amount within 21 days of the issue of the letter of award.

To participate in the bidding process, bidders must submit the certificate of possessing adequate working capital of at least 20% or the annualized value or estimated value, whichever is less, which amounts to INR 90 Crore.

Coal India to be Net Zero Company by 2024

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Coal India Ltd. has set target to become a Net Zero Energy Company (a company which produces energy equivalent to its consumption) by 2024 by establishing 3 GW of solar PV power projects. CIL is currently exploring the following options for development of solar PV projects:

  1. Development of Solar PV projects by CIL and its subsidiaries at own land or any other suitable land at any location in India, as available.
  2. Development of large-scale Solar PV projects to be awarded based on competitive bidding / to be developed in Solar Parks / bilaterally identified projects / any other large-scale projects as applicable.

CIL had announced that it would invest INR 5,650 Crore ($763 million) by March 2024 to develop 14 solar power projects to help power its mining operations. CIL has so far floated tenders for around 700 MW of Solar Power projects.