Following the announcement of 2 GW of solar projects, the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) has now issued calls for two separate tenders for the accumulative capacity of 110 MW of solar PV.
In the first tender of 60 MW, the projects will be developed at various locations in Tembhu, Satara district, Maharashtra, on build, own, operate, and, transfer basis. The scope of work includes design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, testing and commissioning of the projects.
The MAHAGENCO also tendered 50 MW of solar projects to be developed across Western Maharashtra, which will cater to the agricultural feeder load. The successful bidder will also provide operation and maintenance services for a 25-year period.
Back in June, MAHAGENCO invited an expression of interest for solar developers and EPCs to build a 500 MW solar PV farm, which will be among India’s biggest if commissioned, and a further 1.5 GW of small solar farms located at agricultural feeder installations.
Once realized, these projects could greatly contribute to fulfilling the renewable purchase obligations of MAHAGENCO. According to Mercom Capital’s India Solar Tracker, the RPO for Maharashtra has been fixed at 12.5% for the financial year 2017-18, out of which 2% is solar. The next financial year, the RPO is set at 13.75%, out of which 2.75% is solar.
To date, the state of Maharashtra is reported to have surpassed 500 MW of installed solar capacity.
According to a report drafted by India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water and the Natural Resources Defense Council, which found that the growth in renewables in India could create 300,000 new jobs over the next five years, Maharashtra, along with the state of Uttar Pradesh, is set to support the most solar jobs.