MSEDCL has started accepting bids to develop an aggregate 230 MW (AC) of solar power projects in Maharashtra, to provide day-time power to agricultural consumers under Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojna (MSKVY).
The projects are to be implemented in various districts of Maharashtra. Individual solar project capacity will be 2 MW to 10 MW in size, as per the availability of substation connectivity.
MSEDCL will sign a 25-year power purchase agreement with the successful bidders.
The successful bidder shall set up the solar project, including the transmission/distribution network up to the delivery point. Broadly, it will be responsible for the design, finance, procurement of land, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the projects. It can develop the projects on its own land or land rented out by farmers near 33/11 kV substations owned by MSEDCL.
MSEDCL has created a land portal where farmers have applied to rent out their lands for solar projects under the MSKVY scheme. The list of these lands and their details are available along with tender documents.
“MSEDCL’s role w.r.t lands is that of a facilitator. It won’t carry out any evaluation (financial, legal, or technical) of the land being offered under the tender. The land acquisition shall be totally in the successful solar power developer’s scope,” reads the tender document. “As mutually agreed, MSEDCL will make the rent payment to farmers on behalf of the developer.”
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