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Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL), desires to procure cumulative 431MW (AC) solar energy from decentralised projects through competitive bidding process, followed by e-reverse Auction, to be connected at distribution network (11/22 KV), under Component A of “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM), Scheme in the State of Maharashtra.

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PM-KUSUM Scheme is aimed at ensuring energy security for farmers in India, along with honouring India’s commitment to increase the share of installed capacity of electric power from non-fossil-fuel sources to 40% by 2030 as part of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

Component-A is for Setting up of 10,000 MW of Decentralized Grid Connected Renewable Energy Power Plants on barren land. Under this component, renewable energy based power plants (REPP) of capacity 500 kW to 2 MW will be setup by individual farmers/ group of farmers/ cooperatives/ panchayats/ Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO)/Water User associations (WUA) on barren/fallow land. These power plants can also be installed on cultivable land on stilts where crops can also be grown below the solar panels. The renewable energy power project will be installed within five km radius of the sub-stations in order to avoid high cost of sub-transmission lines and to reduce transmission losses. The power generated will be purchased by local DISCOM at pre-fixed tariff.

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The Government of India 2019 named MSEDCL and other Discoms the implementing agencies for the “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM), Scheme launched for farmers. The scheme will allow distributed generation of solar energy to be used for local agriculture load. Distribution losses will be reduced by this.

The final date to submitting the bid is 03.06.2022 until 17:00 Hrs

The tender has non-refundable processing fees of Rs. 5,000 per MW plus 18% GST while the EMD amount is of Rs. 1 Lakh/MW and must be submitted as a Bank Guarantee.

The project should be designed to deliver energy at the 11/22 kV substation of MSEDCL.

The developer should have an annual turnover minimum of Rs. 25 lakhs/MW for the quoted capacity in the last financial year.

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