MERC approves tariff for 283 MW of solar projects under agricultural feeder programme

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved tariff ranging between Rs 3.28 per kWh to Rs3.30 per kWh for the procurement of power from 283 MW of solar projects by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).

In April 2020, the MSEDCL had filed a petition seeking approval for the adoption of tariffs for the long-term (25 years) procurement of power from 283 MW of projects under the Mukhyamantri Saur KrishiVahini Yojana (MSKVY) programme. Individual projects ranged between 2 MW and 10 MW in capacity and were connected to the distribution network.Additionally, it requested the MERC to approve the request for selection (RfS) and PPAdocuments for a 1.35 GW tender it had floated under the same programme. The Commission noted that the MSEDCL was transparent in conducting the competitive bidding process for the procurement of solar power and approved the adoption of tariffs for the 283 MW solar power project.

The MERC, in its order, also stated that the solar power procured from these projects could be used towards the fulfilment of the MSEDCL’s solar RPO targets for the respective periods.Maharashtra has been behind on its RPO compliance and recently filed a petition before the MERC against its new RPO regulations, asking it to not levy penalty on non-compliance of standalone annual targets and cumulative targets of RPO until 2022-23.

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