Staff at renewable energy generating stations allowed to work during COVID-19 lockdown

Power generation (including renewable power generation) is designated as an essential service. As per a notice issued by the MNRE, renewable energy generation projects could be interstate or intra-state supplying power to distribution companies through agencies such as SECI and NTPC Limited. Renewable energy projects such as solar projects, wind projects, solar-wind hybrid projects, hydro projects, and biomass projects will be included. Renewable energy generation stations supply electricity to the grid even in conditions when conventional power plants are not running at optimal levels due to logistical constraints. Thus, the ministry has stated that the operation of these stations is critical for maintaining uninterrupted power supply in the country.