Indian state of Maharashtra launches 865 MW tender for small solar parks


From pv magazine India

Indian energy company Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has launched a tender for the deployment of 865 MW (AC) of distributed solar power.

The tendered capacity is expected to provide day-time power to agricultural consumers under the ‘Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojna’ (MSKVY) scheme. The selected projects will range in size from 2 to 10 MW and will be awarded a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the selected developers.

The ceiling price has been set at INR 3.10 ($0.041)/kWh. Project developers will be responsible for the design, finance, procurement of land, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the projects. 

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“Projects under construction, projects which are not yet commissioned and projects already commissioned but do not have any long-term PPA with any agency, and selling power on short-term or merchant plant basis shall be eligible,” the tender document reads.

MSEDCL has created a land portal where farmers have applied to rent out their lands for solar projects under the MSKVY scheme. The bidders can identify there the land required for the project. 

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