MAHAGENCO to float bids for 600 MW solar projects

Under the Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojna (MSKVY), Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO) has initiated bidding to develop an aggregate 600 MW (AC) of solar power projects. The project aims to provide power during the day time to agricultural consumers under the MSKVY scheme. The bidders shall also secure the necessary land for the projects. The land could be their own or leased out but should be nearby to the 11 kV substation of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).

The prospective developers will also have the responsibility to design, install, test, and commission the solar project as well as arrange for power evacuation. They will also provide for the operations and maintenance of solar projects, as well as evacuation arrangements for a period of 25 years. MAHAGENCO will also enter into power purchase agreements with the selected solar power developers and will also sign two power purchase agreements with MSEDCL. The districts of Nagpur, Amravati, Aurangabad, Konkan, Nashik, and Pune will each receive a cumulative capacity of 100 MW. Individual solar projects will range in size from 2 MW to 10 MW, depending on the availability of substation connectivity.

Recently in July 2022, the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency has released an expression of interest to estimate tariffs for the deployment of 10 MW grid connected rooftop solar photovoltaic systems. The rooftop solar projects will be installed on buildings of government institutions and offices across the state with a range between 10 kW to 500 kW.

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