The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) has put out to tender to procure 15,000 low-maintenance lead-acid batteries with a five-year on-site warranty for solar applications of various capacities in the state. The contract also includes the option to buy back used batteries.

The last date for submitting bids is July 7th, 2021, the opening of bids will take place on July 8th.

The estimated value of the purchase is 100 million yen (~ $ 1.37 million).

Interested bidders are required to submit an amount of 500,000 yen (~ US $ 6,849) as a serious deposit.

Successful bidders must deposit 3% of the purchase price as a deposit during the five-year warranty period.

The tenderer should have test reports on batteries of all categories on behalf of the manufacturer or tenderer for whom the tenderer has tendered for delivery. Interested bidders must also submit a confirmation of the submission of the sample by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies (MNRE) or the test centers approved by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

The test certificate must be submitted by the bidder within 90 days of the conclusion of the contract; otherwise the deposit for the serious money may be forfeited and CREDA may expel the bidder.

In order to participate in the bidding process, the Chhattisgarh-based parties should have two years of experience in the manufacture and supply of low-maintenance lead-acid batteries. The bidder should also have experience supplying ₹ 15 million (~ US $ 205,482) of low maintenance lead-acid batteries to government agencies or corporations.

Bidders from other federal states should have at least three years of experience in the manufacture and delivery of low-maintenance lead-acid batteries. You should also have experience shipping 25 million (~ $ 342,469) low-maintenance lead-acid batteries to government agencies or corporations.

For the option to buy back used batteries, the Chhattisgarh or other state bidder should be a battery manufacturer or hold a valid license from the Central Pollution Control Board or one of its state counterparts.

The net worth of the bidder is expected to be 5 million (~ $ 68,493) as of the last reporting date of the previous fiscal year and total revenues for the last three fiscal years should be at least ₹ 100 million (~ $ 1.37 million).

A bidding consortium is not allowed to participate in this tender.

CREDA recently called for a standardization of tariffs for the supply of solar modules of different power (75W-315W) for solar applications in the state.

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Rakesh is a reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he held many positions as business correspondent, deputy editor, senior content writer and editor at bcfocus.com, CIOReview / Silicon India, Connect Communication and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.