Mahagenco looks to tap solar power

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The state power generation utility issued two tenders last week seeking bids to prepare detailed project reports on generating power using solar panels atop water bodies.The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) has decided to step up solar power generation using the water bodies with the water resources department and local self-governing bodies.Mahagenco officials are working out the revenue-sharing model with the government agencies owning the water bodies.”We are replicating the Gujarat model where canals and other water bodies have got the cover of photovoltaic cells, which are not only generating power but also contributing to decrease evaporation of water under the panels by cutting out the direct sun rays during the peak time (noon),” a senior official from Mahagenco, Mumbai office said.The Mahagenco is planning to tap all the land parcels available with public agencies, including huge lakes, reservoirs and canals of the water resources department (WRD), to generate 1,250 megawatt (MW) power.”Recently, we floated two tenders inviting bids to prepare detailed project reports for engineering, procuring and construction of the project to generate 1,250 MW power through solar energy. One tender relates to the use of reservoirs and canals with the water resources department and the other involves lakes and other water bodies with the local self-governing bodies,” the official added.


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