The ministry of latest and renewable power (MNRE) on Wednesday mentioned that each one under-construction renewable power initiatives which had been to be commissioned after April 1 shall be eligible to say time-extension for completion of their work. The extension has been granted to all renewable power initiatives being developed beneath numerous Central authorities businesses.
The tenure of the extension shall be determined later.
The MNRE order, reviewed by FE, clarified that “such time-extensions usually are not used as a floor for claiming termination of energy buy settlement (PPA) or for claiming any enhance within the mission price”.
By means of a separate order, the MNRE has additionally allowed present solar energy vegetation beneath Central authorities businesses to submit their invoices in opposition to energy provide by means of digital medium.
Throughout the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic, MNRE had granted a blanket five-month extension to renewable power initiatives for assembly their deadlines for completion. Nonetheless for this yr “the precise quantum of time-extension shall be determined sooner or later relying on the Covid-19 associated developments that happen within the coming weeks,” the MNRE mentioned.
In 2020, the federal government had introduced that delays in development actions for renewable power vegetation as a result of coronavirus can be seen as a power majeure occasion. Nonetheless, this time it has shunned declaring the disruptions as power majeure.
A power majeure means extraordinary occasions or circumstance past human management. The present put in renewable power era capability stands at 94 giga-watt (GW).
The time rest is seen to learn about 34 GW of renewable power initiatives value `1.35 lakh crore presently beneath numerous levels of implementation.
In search of a blanket three-month extension on commissioning deadlines, the Nationwide Photo voltaic Power Federation of India in March had pointed that “owing to the continued rise in Covid-19 instances and a re-surge in lots of components of the nation, solar energy initiatives proceed to face implementation points as a result of absence of presidency officers, lockdowns, sluggish processes as a result of understaffed workplace being overly busy and pre-occupied with pending works”.
Citing the influence of the coronavirus outbreak on the provision chain and delays by different events in land allocation and constructing related energy transmission community, ReNew Energy and Acme Photo voltaic had sought to terminate their PPAs signed with the Photo voltaic Power Company of India (SECI) in 2020.