The Bhuikot Fort Udgir is located in Maharashtra's Latur district, which is one of the 30 circles where solar power projects under MSEDCL's 1.35 GW tender can be set up. (Photo Credit: Latur District Administration)
- MSEDCL is seeking bids for 1.35 GW of solar power capacity to be set up within 30 circles in the state
- Power generated will be purchased under 25-year PPA with MSEDCL and will be provided to agricultural consumers under Chief Minister Solar Agriculture Feeder Scheme
- Tariffs have been capped at INR 3.15 per kWh with last date to submit applications being September 21, 2019
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The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL) has launched a new tender seeking bids for 1,350 MW of solar power from projects connected to the distribution network 11/22 kV. It is part of the Mukhyamantri Sour Krishi Vahini Yojana program targeting agricultural consumers of electricity. The highest price payable under the tender is INR 3.15 ($0.44) per kWh.
Projects can be set up in 30 districts or circles in Vidarbha, Western Maharashtra, Marathwada and rest of Maharashtra. Along with setting up the plant, winning bidders will also be required to manage transmission and distribution network connectivity.
Project capacities have been spread across the 30 circles to be set up in 25 MW or 50 MW blocks with minimum individual project capacity as low as 2 MW for each district and up to 10 MW. Winners will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with MSEDCL.
Last date to submit bids under the tender is September 21, 2019. Details about the tender can be viewed on MSEDCL’s website.
The Mukhyamantri Sour Krishi Vahini Yojana or Chief Minister Solar Agriculture Feeder Scheme aims to provide daytime power to agricultural consumers; as part of it, PV projects need not pay property tax for 30 years.
Previously, MSEDCL launched a tender under the scheme in 2018 for 1 GW solar PV capacity to be set up in 20 districts (see 1 GW PV Capacity Tendered In Maharashtra).
Mercom India Research reports that MSEDCL has filed a petition before the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) seeking approval to procure 500 MW of flexible and schedulable renewable power with energy storage systems to fulfil its renewable purchase obligation (RPO).