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MSEDCL Seeks Developers For 445 MW Of Solar Projects Under PM-KUSUM

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The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Limited (MSEDCL) has issued a tender for 445 MW (AC) of solar power from decentralized, grid-connected PV projects with capacities ranging from 500 kW to 2 MW, to be developed under component-A of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) programme.

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The ceiling pricing for the tender has been set at Rs 3.10 per kWh, and it shall begin within 12 months after obtaining the funding letter. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 17, 2022.

MSEDCL will ink the 25 years power purchase agreement (PPA) with the winning applicant.

The winning bidder will be responsible for designing, locating and procuring the project’s required land, including the distribution network, building the project, and getting all necessary permits, approvals, and clearances from all state and local agencies, according to the tender requirements.

Under Component A of the PM-KUSUM programme, the government intends to construct 10,000 MW of grid-connected solar power plants with individual project sizes of up to 2 MW.

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Bidders may utilize only the modules mentioned in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) Approved models and Manufacturers of solar PV modules order, 2019.

To prevent the high expense of sub-transmission lines and to limit power loss, the solar power project will ideally be constructed within a five-kilometre radius of the sub-stations.

MSEDCL issued a request for proposal earlier this month to buy 865 MW of solar electricity from current and future projects in the state. MSEDCL has set the tender’s ceiling pricing at Rs 3.10 per kWh.

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