India’s Electric Firm Plans Solar Mini Grid in Kaduna
India state-owned engineering major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited is executing a solar-powered mini-grid project in the Kaduna State of Nigeria, in consortium with Skipper Electricals (India) Limited.
The company has invited bids for the supply of hybrid solar inverter-cum-charge controllers of ratings 5 kW, 10 kW, and 15 kW for the project. Quantities required are 193, 32, and 5, respectively.
The inverters are meant to generate electricity from solar photovoltaic panels and charge Nickel-Cadmium batteries for supplying power to various emergency loads in mini solar grids.
These mini-grids will be installed at 221 community health centres located at different places spread within Kaduna State of Nigeria, Africa”—as per the tender document.
The work scope for the successful bidder also includes on-site support for installation and commissioning, training to customer’s engineers and integrator at the site, and service support during the comprehensive warranty period.
To be eligible, the vendor shall be an original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
It should have manufactured, supplied, and commissioned solar inverter-cum-charge controller of cumulative rating equivalent to at least 450 kVA during the last five years from the technical bid opening date, which should be in satisfactory operation for at least one year.
By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja