The Meghalaya government has decided to empanel developers for a residential rooftop solar project.

The Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) has floated a tender to empanel the developers for the 10 MW residential grid-connected solar rooftop projects in the state, MERCOM reported.

Bidders have been asked to submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 100,000 /MW of capacity quoted by November 30, 2020.

The empanelment will last for one year.

The scope of work for empanelled developers includes the design, testing, supply, installation, and commissioning of the projects.

Selected bidders are expected to sign a comprehensive maintenance contract for five years.

The MePDCL specified that the solar photovoltaic modules and cells must be made in India.

Bidders are expected to provide a detailed claim letter certifying that these components of the system are made in India and their technical specifications.

To be eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process, applicants must have experience undertaking similar work for at least 100 kW of such projects cumulatively.

General category bidders can place bids for projects ranging from 250 kW to 2 MW in generation capacity.

General category bidders are expected to have had a minimum average annual turnover of at least Rs 10,000 /KW, while micro, small, medium enterprises (MSME) bidders are expected to have an average annual turnover of at least Rs 5,000 KW over the last three financial years.

These projects will be eligible for central financial assistance (CFA) under the second phase of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) rooftop solar programme.

Residential sector installations up to 3 kW will receive CFA of 40% of the benchmark cost; installations over 3 kW and below 10 kW will receive 40% CFA for the first 3 kW and 20% for the rest. No subsidies will be provided for installations over 10 kW.

Group housing societies (GHS) and residential welfare associations (RWA) are also eligible for CFA up to 20%.

However, the subsidies are subject to a limit of 10 kW per house up to 500 kW.

The cumulative figure will also include individual households that have already installed rooftop solar systems.

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