MSEDCL issues tender for 500 MW of solar projects under PM-KUSUM scheme

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for setting up 500 MW of distributed solar projects under component A of the PradhanMantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme. The individual projects will have capacities ranging between 0.5 MW and 2 MW. The scope of work will involve responsibility for design, finance, procurement of land, engineering, procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance of the project. The cost of the project is estimated at Rs 17.5 billion. The project also has tariff cap of Rs 3.05 per kWh. The bid submission deadline is June 28, 2021

As per the tender guidelines, interested parties could participate in the bidding process as an individual or group of farmers, cooperatives, panchayats, farmer producer organizations, or water user organizations setting up the project on their lands. Projects under construction, not yet commissioned, and already commissioned but lacking any long-term power purchase agreement with any agency and selling power on a short-term or merchant-plant basis will be eligible to participate in the tender.Interested bidders will have to submit an amount of Rs 100,000 per MW as the earnest money deposit to participate in the bidding process.

Under Component A of the program, the government aims to install 10 GW of decentralized ground-mounted grid-connected solar projects of individual project sizes of up to 2 MW. Recently, other states such as Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have also floated tenders under this component. The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited floated a tender to develop 270 MW of grid-connected solar power projects in the state, while Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency floated a tender to select developers to set up 500 MW of solar projects under component A of the PM KUSUM programme.

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