Maharashtra floats tender for 500 MW of solar power

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for the long-term procurement of power from 500 MW of intra-state solar power projects under phase IV. The MSEDCL has set the ceiling tariff of Rs 2.90 per MW for this tender. The scope of work includes setting up the projects including the transmission and distribution network up to the delivery point. All approvals, permits, and clearances required for setting up of the project, including connectivity, will be the responsibility of the successful bidder. The minimum project capacity will be 5 MW at a single location while the minimum bid capacity has been set at 50 MW. The deadline for the submission of bids is November 30, 2019.

In October 2019, The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed the Maharashtra State Load Despatch Centre to amend its forecasting and scheduling procedure in line with the rules and principles of the commission within two weeks. The commission has directed the state transmission utility, Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited, to undertake all the activities related to metering arrangements for all renewable energy pooling substations. The commission has also granted an additional period of six months from July 1, 2019, to January 1, 2020 for the implementation of the regulations.

In September 2019, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited issued a tender to procure 500 MW of wind power through competitive bidding. The distribution company intends to meet its non-solar renewable purchase obligations by buying wind power under a power purchase agreement of 25 years. For intrastate projects, bidders will be eligible to bid for a minimum capacity of 25 MW with each project of 5 MW each. For interstate projects, bidders are allowed to bid for a minimum capacity of 50 MW with each project of 5 MW each. The successful bidders are expected to set up the wind power project including the transmission and distribution network.

In August 2019, The Maharashtra State Power Generation Corporation invited bids for the development of 137 MW of solar power projects The projects to be developed are:

  • 60 MW solar project in Sindala of Latur district,
  • 52 MW solar project in Bhusawal, Koradi, Parli and Nashik thermal power plants and
  • 25 MW solar project in Dhule district

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