MSEDCL floats bids for 225 MW of distributed solar power under PM KUSUM

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has floated a tender for 225 MW (AC) of solar power from decentralised, grid-connected photovoltaic PV projects to be established under component-A of the PM Kusum Scheme in Maharashtra. The maximum tariff is set at Rs 3.30 per kWh.

Their scope of work includes design, financing, land acquisition, engineering, procurement, construction, metering, and solar plant operation and maintenance. Competitive bidding will be used to award the projects and will be followed through a reverse auction.

The successful bidders will enter into a 25-year power purchase agreement with the MSEDCL. MSEDCL will select bidders to construct solar power projects ranging in size from 0.5 MW to 2 MW. The deadline to submit technical and financial bids is April 28,2023.

In February 2023, MSEDCL invited bids for 250 MW of decentralised solar projects under component-A of the state’s Pradhan Mantri-Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) programme. MSEDCL has set a tariff ceiling of Rs 3.30 per kWh. The central government intends to establish 10,000 MW of grid-connected solar power projects with individual project sizes up to 2 MW under Component A of the PM-KUSUM programme.