Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments (REIL) — a public sector enterprise under the administrative control of India’s Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise — has invited bids to set up of 1.7 MW (AC) of grid-connected PV projects with battery energy storage systems in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The projects are to be set up on turnkey basis, with central financial assistance from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
The capacity will be built on two diesel-dependent islands. About 1 MW of PV and 0.5 MW/0.5 MWh of battery storage will be installed on Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep), while the remaining 0.7 MW (AC) of PV will be paired with 0.5 MW/0.5 MWh of storage on Neil Island (Shaheed Dweep). The successful bidders will be responsible for operating and maintaining the projects for 10 years.
As all of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are situated in Seismic Zone V, bidders are advised to visit the sites and ensure the suitability of the land for the proposed plants. The selected developers will have to complete the projects within 12 months from the date of notification. The deadline for bids is May 4. Techno-commercial bids will be opened on May 6.