SECI Issues Tender to Electrify 1,000 Indian Villages with Solar Energy

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A new tender has been issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) calling for the electrification of more than 1,000 Indian villages using off-grid solar power packs.

The global tender has been issued on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) and will be developed under a government-run programme called Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), which is tasked with providing continuous power supply to rural India. According to Mercom Capital, SECI will seek to attract developers to install 300 Wp solar power packs at 1,058 villages in the state, totaling 16,000 solar packs in all. The developer that offers the lowest rates will be successful, and offers must incorporate site surveys, planning, design, engineering, assembly manufacturing, testing, supply, delivery, storage, and installation. Companies must also provide O&M services for five years post-installation and also provide SECI with an upfront security deposit equivalent to 10 per cent of the value of the contract. This will be held as a performance bank guarantee for 60 months from the date of the signing of the contract.