Maharashtra issues order to allow discoms to float open tenders under the state’s solar programme

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued an order allowing Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to float open tenders through a continuous bidding process for solar projects under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana (MSKVY). The order follows a petition by MSEDCL reporting a poor response to 6.5 GW of its solar tenders that were issued in the past three years. It had received bids for 1,873 MW and was able to allocate only 527 MW. The petition also attributed the poor response to the high ceiling tariff of  Rs 3.30 per kWh and the low availability of cheap land. Given that the state has not met its renewable purchase obligations, MSEDCL petitioned the MERC to obtain permission for floating open tenders under the MSKVY.


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