1.5 GW solar project to be set up in Madhya Pradesh

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1.5 GW solar project to be set up in Madhya Pradesh

PGCIL has signed a Memorandum MoU with RUMSL to provide project management consultancy services for the implementation of the transmission system

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) will provide project management consultancy services for a transmission system to evacuate power from 1,500 MW of solar projects in Madhya Pradesh. For this PGCIL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL). The solar parks are located in Neemuch, Shajapur, and Agar districts, and the total estimated project cost is ₹556 million ($7.8 million). The consultancy cost is approximately ₹444.8 million ($6.3 million).

According to the senior executive of RUMSL, the company will issue a tender for the request for the selection of bidders (RfS) for its solar projects soon. The official also told Mercom that the agreement for providing project management consultancy services is for the internal evacuation power structure. According to an official document, RUMSL has procured more than 80% of the land, measuring 2,653 hectares.

The senior official said that Agar and Shajapur solar parks would connect to the state transmission unit (STU) while Neemuch solar park would be connected to central transmission utility (CTU) with the power supply to Madhya Pradesh and Indian Railways outside the state. RUMSL has obtained Stage-I connectivity for Neemuch Solar Park.

Recently, it reported that RUMSL invited proposals from interested consultants for setting up solar parks in Madhya Pradesh. The proposal is for six separate scopes of work.

The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) will provide technical assistance for the projects through the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA). RUMSL is a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL).

In 2018, RUMSL had tendered a total of 1,500 MW of grid-connected solar projects, which were to be developed across three solar parks in the state of Madhya Pradesh. But this is still on hold.

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