Maharashtra’s Mahaparivartan to purchase 1 GW of solar power in 2018


In a published press release, Maharashtra’s power transmission company Mahaparivartan has confirmed plans to purchase 1 GW of solar power to encourage the wider uptake of solar energy production in the state.

The bids have been invited at INR 3/kWh, according to the energy department official. In comparison to thermal power, which is sold at INR 5/kWh, the cost for PV is quite low.

The state’s generation of solar compares unfavorably to traditional sources, hence the government wants to give a boost to solar energy generation. Many states are ahead of Maharashtra, including Rajasthan, Telanagan, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The status of solar power generation in Maharashtra is around 1,000 MW, out of which 300 MW is produced by Mahagenco (Maharashtra state Generation corporation ltd.)

Maharashtra wants to move ahead rapidly with solar deployment, however. Recently, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the solar agri feeder program to set up solar power pumps with a total capacity of 7,000 MW utilized directly for agriculturl purposes.

The government is also planning to set up solar panels on reservoirs of the dam of the Ujni dam in Solapur district and Irai dam near Chandrapur.

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