The Pune MahanagarParivahanMahamandal Limited (PMPL), a public transport bus service provider to the city of Pune, has floated an expression of interests (EoI) for 10 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects across selected sites in the city. The project is set to be developed under the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model. Solar panels would be installed in bus depots, workshops, transit terminals as well as charging stations. The developers would be required to undertake the design, engineering, supply, testing, installation as well as commissioning of the solar capacity. Further, they will be required to carry out maintenance of the projects for 25 years from the commissioning date. Interested bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 200,000. The deadline for the submission of bids is November 18, 2020.
The state of Maharashtra holds a 9 per cent share in rooftop solar installations in India. As of the second quarter of FY2020, the state has commissioned a rooftop solar capacity totalling to 260 MW. Pune is one of the cities that is driving the growing capacity of rooftop solar. In September 2020, 755 kWp of rooftop solar capacity was set up at Thyssenkrupp Elevator’s facility in Pune. In September 2019, it was announced that Pune airport was going to develop 100 kW of grid-connected solar projects at the airport’s terminal building.