MNRE Gives Time Extension to RE Projects Due to Covid

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in its notification dated 29th June 2021 stated that it has given an extension of two-and-a-half months for RE projects with commissioning dates between April 1 and June 15, 2021. This is amid the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic.

MNRE has notified the changes that will prevent developers from being charged penalty for delaying commissioning of projects beyond the agreed timelines.

With the second wave of the pandemic resulting in lockdowns in different parts of the country, work on several power projects also got suspended resulting in delays in commissioning.

Last month, MNRE had issued notification allowing renewable projects with commissioning dates on or after April 1, 2021, an extended schedule subject to continuing of existing PPAs and no increase in project cost due to delays.

The power ministry has also granted an extension of three months to all interstate transmission projects under construction, with the scheduled commercial operation date (SCOD) falling after April 1, 2021, hit by the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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