- MSEDCL has issued request for selection (RfS) documents for 1 GW of PV capacity
- It will be spread across 218 sub-districts or taluks in 20 districts of the state under a state government program
- Bidders can bid for a minimum of 2 MW per taluk or a maximum of 10 MW
- Separate bids will have to be filed for every project interested bidders may want to bid for
- Tender documents can be submitted by May 22, 2018; technical bid opening is on May 23, 2018
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Maharashtrian utility Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) has come out with another 1 GW PV tender. Through this one, it plans to build up PV power plants in 218 taluks or sub districts of 20 districts in the state through a competitive bidding process.
In December 2017, MSEDCL had issued a tender of 1 GW grid connected solar power capacity with 3.00 INR ($0.047) per kWh as the ceiling tariff (see Maharashtra Utility Tenders 1 GW PV). It had to cancel this one owing to poor response. It then re-tendered 1 GW capacity without terming it as a re-tender. In April 2018, it issued another expression of interest (EoI) for 1 GW floating PV capacity on Ujjani Dam water reservoir (see 1 GW Floating PV Planned In Maharashtra).
Ground mounted PV projects are planned to be developed under this latest tender in a pre-determined list of taluks identified by the agency. Project capacity per taluk will have to range between 2 and 10 MW. Cumulative project capacity per circle will be 50 MW. MSEDCL may decide to award more than 50 MW, up to a maximum of 100 MW per circle basis on the tariffs offered in the bidding process.
Bidders will have to submit separate bids for all projects they are interested in. Scope of work includes design, finance, procurement of land, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the project/s.
MSEDCL will sign power purchase agreements (PPA) with the selected bidders which will be valid for a period of 25 years. It will be signed between the two within one month from the date of issue of letter of award (LOA).
Submission deadline is May 22, 2018. Technical bids will be opened on May 23, 2018.
Tender documents are available for download on the website of MSEDCL.
MSEDCL is inviting the bids under the state government’s Mukhyamantri Saur Krushi Vahini Yojana or Chief Minister Solar Ag Feeder Scheme that aims to provide day time power to agricultural consumers and help the agency in its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) requirements.