Maharashtra announces target of 200,000 solar agricultural pumps

The Maharashtra government announced the target of installing 200,000 solar agricultural pumps in the state. According to the target, 100,000 such pumps will be established by the Maharashtra Energy Development Authority (MEDA). However, the remaining ones will be set up by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) will cover the essential requirements of this solar pump installation programme. The state government is also working to convert agricultural feeders to solar energy for the benefit of farmers.

Recently in August 2022, MSEDCL invited bids for a long-term contract to purchase 250 MW of flexible and schedulable power from grid-connected renewable energy projects with an energy storage facility. The tender contains the facility of a greenshoe option.

Recently in July 2022, MEDA 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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