Pictured are the Dandoba Hills in Sangli district of Maharashtra. Sangli’s Gudhepanchgani is one of the locations MSEDCL has identified for its hybrid wind-solar power tender. (Photo Credit: Sangli District Administration)
- MSEDCL has issued a tender for development of wind-solar hybrid grid connected projects with no specified procurement limit
- Developers will be at liberty to bid for the maximum possible capacity to be established on land owned by the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency
- Tariffs have been capped at INR 2.75 ($0.039) per kWh; a PPA with MSEDCL will be valid for 25 years
- For any clarifications, MSEDCL will hold a meeting with developers on January 8, 2019; the last date to submit bids is February 1, 2019
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The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd. (MSEDCL) has issued a request for selection (RFS) round for wind-solar hybrid power projects in the state of Maharashtra. These grid-connected projects will need to be developed on sites identified by MSEDCL.
The discom has launched this tender to be able to meet its renewable power purchase obligation (RPO) and to meet future requirements. MSEDCL hasn’t specified the amount of capacity it wishes to develop under this tender. However, it has asked developers to set up the ‘maximum possible capacity’ on the identified land plots.
Some of the identified sites already have wind power projects, except for Sautada in Beed, while several others have ‘completed their useful life’ or have only another 4 or 5 years of useful life left. All of this land is owned by the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA).
Hybrid project developers (HPDs) selected in this tender will set up wind-solar hybrid power projects on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis. In the first tender stage, bidders will need to quote the maximum possible wind and solar generation capacity for each site as described in the National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy 2018 (see India Launches Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy). The minimum capacity to be quote at this stage is 100 MW. Financial bids will be opened in the second stage, followed by the e-reverse auction.
Tariffs have been capped at INR 2.75 ($0.039) per kWh. The power purchase agreement (PPA) will be valid for 25 years.
The pre-bid meeting will be held on January 8, 2019; the last date to submit RFS is February 1, 2019. Bid documents are available on the website of MSEDCL or MAHADISCOM.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) received the lowest bid of INR 2.67 ($0.0379) per kWh for its wind-solar hybrid power auction in December 2018 (see Only 2 Bidders For SECIs Wind-Solar Auction).
In December 2018, MSEDCL launched a tender to procure power from 1 GW floating solar PV capacity on Solapur’s Ujjani Dam with tariffs capped at INR 3.00 ($0.043) per kWh (see MSEDCL To Procure 1 GW Floating Solar Power).