According to reports, the Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation (MSWC) has undertaken a project to utilize the roofs of its warehouses for solar power generation.
The corporation has initiated a tender process to seek advice for the project from consultants, who will study the technical aspects and identify suitable locations to install solar power generation units. In the first phase, the aim would be to generate about 10MW solar energy. In the next five years, the project will be extended to more suitable sites.
The corporation has warehouse complexes at more than 150 centres all over the state. There are more than 770 warehouse units constructed on an area of about 100 lakh sq ft with a capacity of more than 14 lakh metric tonnes. Officials said the roofs of the warehouses covered a huge area.
“A panel of consultants is expected to submit its detailed project report (DPR) within two months after the appointment. Based on the DPR, further tenders will be called. It will specify how much area would be utilized to install the solar power technology,” an official said.
The corporation intends to set up solar power projects combining a maximum possible capacity in each centre, the officials added. The project would comprise generation facilities and distribution of solar power to the warehouse centre and sell it to the MSEDCL through a power purchase agreement.
Officials said work on the initial phase would start within six to eight months.