MNRE Allows Digital Invoices for RE Gnerators Keeping in Mind Resurgence of Covid-19

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in its memorandum has announced that the submission of hard copy of invoice / bill for monthly energy supllied by RE power projects was waived off considering the prevailing lockdown due to Covide-19. The implementing agencies will accept digital copies of the invoices.

The arrangement will continue for a period to be decided based on the Covid-19 developments in the coming weeks.

It has noted that due to the pandemic-related restrictions and the lockdown measures being imposed in many states, submitting physical documents were increasingly getting difficult. Accordingly as a measure of relief to RE projects it has been decided that, for RE projects being implemented through MNRE designated implementing agencies will accept soft copies of invoices. The arrangement shall continue for a period to be decided in due course depending on the Covid-19 related developments that take place in the coming weeks.

As per the latest notification, during the period, in cases involving joint meter reading, where signing is difficult, soft copies of invoices based upon the self-meter readings by the renewable generators, duly substantiated by photographs of the meter reading and downloaded meter data, will be accepted.

In cases where the self-meter reading is not possible, the implementing agencies may choose to pay the bill based on the readings of the same month of the previous year or invoice of the previous month if it is lower.

Once the period for which this arrangement will be applicable is over, normal invoicing will be resumed, and within 15 days of the last date of such period, renewable energy projects will have to submit hard copies of invoices for this period for necessary adjustment in the subsequent bill.

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