Maharashtra Seeks Consultants to Study Potential of Solar Along Nagpur-Mumbai Highway

The bid submission deadline is September 2, 2019

August 21, 2019


The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), has issued a consulting services tender to assess the potential for the development of 150-200 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects along the Nagpur Mumbai Superhighway (Samruddhi Mahamarg).

The tender has been floated on MSRDC’s behalf by The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). The Global Green Growth Institute is a treaty-based international organization headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

The bid submission deadline is September 2, 2019.

Scope of Work:

The project is to understand the solar PV potential on the highway. The consultant should conduct a study to examine the best energy generation and supply systems. They must recommend the measures needed to conjure a schedule to implement the project. A study should also be conducted to understand the potential to capture methane gas through a fuel switch because of the project.

The scope of work for the developer involves the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation unloading, storage, installation, and testing and commissioning of various capacities of SPV projects along the superhighway. The breakup of the capacity should also be determined by the consultant.

The technical and financial viability will include operation and maintenance (O&M) of the SPV project and associated equipment for 35 years from the date of commissioning.

The consultant should conduct a feasibility study and should produce a report that defines the potential of the SPV projects to be implemented in the highway region. The technology needed, financials, business inputs, and risk assessment should also be conducted and presented as part of this project. The processes such as detailed workflow demonstrating the implementation plan, acquiring power purchase agreement (PPA) from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) for group captive consumption will also be on the agenda of the consultant.

The technical criteria for choosing a consultant for the project are that the consultant or firm should have a minimum of 10 years of experience in developing scenarios and forecast models for energy demand, energy supply, and greenhouse gas emission scenarios at the national, regional, and city level.

The firm should have at least five years of experience in conducting feasibility studies for renewable energy projects, preferably SPV projects in similar geographies.

Meanwhile, Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) has also issued a request for proposal (RfP) for consultancy services for Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) of three solar parks in the state. The assessment would include the internal evacuation infrastructure and associated transmission lines of a cumulative capacity of 1,500 MW.

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