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The State Electricity Board of Maharashtra (MSEB) is inviting bids for a total of 65 MW of wind power. Deadline for submission of bids is April 24. Land has already been set aside for development in Vijaydurg District (15 MW), Deogad (10 MW), Chalkewadi (20 MW) and Gude Pachgani (25 MW). Grid and road infrastructure is not available for the latter two sites. MSEB will buy power from the wind plants at INR 2.25/kWh. No third party sale of power, wheeling, nor banking of power with the utility, will be allowed and potential developers are asked to indicate if they will bear the cost of grid connection. Until now Maharashtra has had a low profile in wind energy, with just 2.6 MW of wind turbines installed in a government demonstration project.

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