The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for procurement of power from 500 MW of solar under Phase V of intra-state grid-connected solar power projects. As per the tender document, bids must be for a minimum project capacity of 5 MW. The solar projects that will be developed inside the solar park will have a commissioning deadline of 15 months, whereas projects developed outside a solar park will have a commissioning deadline of 18 months. The MSEDCL has set the ceiling tariff of Rs 2.90 per kWh for this tender. The last date for submission of bids is January 28, 2020.
In an interview with Renewable Watch, Sanjeev Kumar, principal secretary (energy), Government of Maharashtra, and chairman and managing director, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), talked about the state’s plans to make significant investments in renewable capacity addition and storage systems to meet the growing demand for clean energy. He also shared his views on the state government’s efforts to promote the rooftop solar segment and agricultural solar pumps. Excerpts from the interview: