Baramati, 30th September 2023: An ambitious solar power project led by Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister Devendra Fadnavis is set to provide daytime electricity to 138 villages in Baramati Mandal.
The project aims to generate 221 MW of solar power in Pune district, covering 41 sub-centres on government land. Chief Engineer of Mahavitaran Baramati Parimandal, Sunil Pavde, announced that the project would benefit 67,000 agricultural pump consumers in 138 villages across five talukas of Baramati Mandal.
The Maharashtra government has expedited the implementation of ‘Mukhyamantri Solar Krishi Vahini Yojana 2.0’ through MSEDCL to provide daytime electricity to farmers. A new company, ‘MSEB Solar Agro Power Ltd.,’ has been established for this purpose. The first phase of the project is being implemented on government waste land, with tenders recently released for nine districts, including Pune.
Approximately 1,091 acres of land are required for the first phase, which has been leased from the government for 30 years. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, District Collector Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, and ZP CEO Ramesh Chavan have facilitated the land transfer.
Out of the 41 sub-centres, 23 fall under Baramati and the rest under the Pune circle. Ten sub-centres have been provided seats to their full capacity. Specifically, 20.16 and 9.38 MW of electricity will be generated under Loni Deokar and Babhulgaon sub-centres in Baramati Mandal. For this, 100 and 45 acres of land have been made available on contract, while the remaining 21 sub-centres have received 440 acres, and 586 acres of land have been allocated to MSEDCL.