Uttar Pradesh Advances Solar Power Procurement Under PM KUSUM Scheme
The PM KUSUM scheme, initiated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), aims to benefit farmers by promoting solar energy adoption and sustainability.
November 08, 2023. By News Bureau
The primary objective of this initiative is to procure power through a tariff-based competitive bidding process from grid-connected Solar Power Plants associated with selected segregated agriculture feeders in Uttar Pradesh, with a cumulative capacity of 150 MW.
The PM KUSUM scheme, initiated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), aims to benefit farmers by promoting solar energy adoption and sustainability. In line with this mission, MNRE has issued guidelines for the implementation of feeder-level solarisation under PM KUSUM, specifying the terms and conditions for inviting expressions of interest for tariff-based competitive bidding.
UPPCL, in partnership with UPNEDA, plans to invite tariff-based competitive bidding for a total capacity of 150 MW from designated agriculture feeders. These feeders have been identified following UPPCL's guidelines, and successful bidders will enter into Power Purchase Agreements with UPPCL for a 25-year term.
This development builds on UPNEDA's previous efforts, where they conducted tariff-based competitive bidding for 150 MW of solar power capacity under the PM KUSUM C2 scheme.
In response, UPNEDA conducted stakeholder consultations, released a revised Request for Selection, and held a pre-bid meeting to address bidder concerns and promote wider participation.
The revised Request for Selection and Power Purchase Agreement documents, which have been submitted for approval by the Commission, reflect feedback from prospective bidders following the pre-bid meeting.
UPNEDA's representative provided insights into the scheme's features, noting that 98 substations with 143 segregated agriculture feeders have been earmarked for solarisation. Solar power developers will be selected through tariff-based competitive bidding and will establish solar plants substation-wise, based on the average consumption of the last three years on the associated agriculture feeders.
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