RFP for Engaging a Mini/Micro Grid Practitioner/Promoter/Enabler to Demonstrate Pilots on Enhancing Rural Livelihoods

RFP for Engaging a Mini/Micro Grid Practitioner/Promoter/Enabler to Demonstrate Pilots on Enhancing Rural Livelihoods

Organization: GIZ India

Apply By: 11 Apr 2020

RFP for Engaging a Mini/Micro Grid Practitioner/Promoter/Enabler to Demonstrate Pilots on Enhancing Rural Livelihoods

About the Organization:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is an enterprise owned by the German Government. GIZ implements sustainable development through international cooperation, on behalf of Germany and other partners. With a global footprint in over 130 countries, GIZ leverages its regional and technical expertise for local innovation. GIZ India has a team of over 300 staff.


The Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN Access - II) is a bilateral cooperation project carried out by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. IGEN Access - II aims to improve the energy supply in rural areas of selected federal states. The programme is being implemented over a period of three years (April 2019 – March 2022). BMZ has commissioned GIZ with the implementation of the project. GIZ is a federal enterprise based in Eschborn and Bonn, Germany.

The IGEN-Access-II programme intends to engage an orgnisation to carry out pilots on ground to showcase increased utilization of the services from mini/micro grid for livelihood promotion.

The focus areas for the intervention is to showcase different livelihoods options powered with existing or new mini/micro grids in the eastern part of India including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and, Jharkhand (others with proper justification). The assignment needs to be completed in 15 months.

The bidding firm will have to submit the proposal in hard copy as well as in soft copy in a pen drive.

Module objective indicators:

  • The number of RE systems sold to rural users by module-backed providers has quadrupled.
  • 4 recommendations elaborated by the module for improving the quality of the energy supply under certain specific conditions are implemented.
  • 40% of women-led Village Level Enterprises (VLEs) that disseminate RE confirm that their standard of living has improved by two points on a scale from 1 to 5.
  • Implementation of one component from the energy plans (e.g. remuneration system for integrated decentralised energy systems, subsidy programme for promoting electric mobility) is funded in 2 federal states respectively.


  • Demonstrate the concept of improving the utilization of mini/micro grid assets through electricity supply to support livelihood activities for at least 700 end users.

Qualification Criteria of the firm:

GIZ through this assignment would like to demonstrate pilots on ground. The assignment requires diverse skill set, experience and the bidders need to ensure and prove that they have all the relevant skills needed for completing the assignment successfully.

The firm/team should have experience in undertaking performance analysis study of technologies for agricultural sector, expertise in undertaking the capacity gap assessments and understanding of the ecosystem for mini/micro grid sector in India. GIZ foresee, Mini/micro grid developer/promoter or enabler as a critical stakeholder (and lead partner in case of a consortium) in the implementation of the said activities. The proposed team should have the following experience and expertise:

  • The organisation (Mini/micro grid developer/promoter/enabler) should have at least four years of ground presence.
  • Experience of working with Farmers community:

The bidder needs to demonstrate following ability through adequate references and documents.

  • Provide evidence of at least 5 reference projects / assignments in “rural electrification” with at least 5 references “using mini/micro grids system for livelihood promotion” in the last three years. The commissioning value of the reference project must be a minimum of 10000 euros.
  • Average annual turnover for the last three financial years for the firm should be more than 65,000 euros. Demonstrate ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with teams that are subject to time and skill constraints.
  • The bidding firm should have at least 10 persons working as their employees.
  • The bidding firm should have ground presence in potential states for implementing this assignment preferably in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and, Jharkhand.
  • Firm should have experience to create livelihood opportunities. These experiences will be considered while evaluating the eligibility of the bidding firm.
  • It is also desirable that the firm should have experience of development projects (ODA financed). This will be considered while evaluating the eligibility of the bidding firm for this assignment.

The detailed documentation with regards this call for proposals includes:

  • Terms of Reference
  • Grid for Assessing the Eligibility of firms
  • Technical Evaluation Grid
  • Bidding Conditions
  • The General Terms & Conditions of Contracts


  • Deadline to receive queries: 1st April’ 2020
  • Clarifications to the queries: 3rd April’ 2020
  • The deadline for submission of proposal is: 11th April, 2020

The complete tender document is available here




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