The Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) has issued an expression of interest for the development of 10 MW of solar projects under Component-A of the PM–KUSUM programme. Under Component-A, the scheme aims to install 10 GW of solar capacity in the country. Developers will be required to procure barren land and necessary infrastructure and facilitate connectivity from the 33/11 kV substation. Projects must also be set up as grid-connected or stilt-mounted with capacities ranging between 500 kW and 2 MW. The land required for the project is estimated to be four acres per MW. The solar power generators are also expected to obtain necessary approvals for the proposed development. The scope of work entails the design, construction, completion, testing, and commissioning of the projects and to supply the power generated for 25 years. The MePDCL will sign a power purchase agreement with the solar power generator within two months of signing for the letter of approval (LoA). The project must be completed within nine months of the issue of the LoA. Prospective bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 100,000 in the form of a bank guarantee. The deadline for submission of bids is December 1, 2020.
The PM-KUSUM scheme was announced in March 2019, by the MNRE, to promote the use of solar energy in the agricultural sector. In November 2020 the MNRE ramped up the original targets under Components-B and Component-C of the program while Component-A remained unchanged. In September 2020, The MNRE invited innovators, manufacturers, and service providers to submit an expression of interest to partake in the government’s solar pump scheme through the development of innovative pumps.