MNRE announces extension for renewable project timelines

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has notified that timeline extension will be given to renewable energy projects in light of the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic. The period of disruption was identified as ranging from April 1, 2021 to June 15, 2021. Thus, the projects will be given an extension of the equivalent period, which would be about two and a half months.

Although renewable projects are allowed to function as essential services during lockdowns, the measure of relief was provided to facilitate ease of doing business which was hampered due other restrictions during the second wave. Projects which are being implemented through implementing agencies designated by the MNRE or under various schemes of the MNRE, having their scheduled commissioning date on or after April 1, 2021 can apply to the concerned implementing agency for claiming time-extension inproject commissioning.

Before the second wave had hit, the MNRE announced that the total extension for the commissioning of renewable energy projects that are provided by implementing agencies on account of covid-19 should in no case be more than six months. This would include the five-monthly blanket extension given by MNRE earlier. In August 2020, MNRE had given a direction to all its implementing agencies to treat lockdown due to covid-19 as force majeure and give timeline extensions to all renewable energy projects for the same. To this end, it had announced a time extension of five months from March 25, 2020, to August 24, 2020, to renewable power projects on account of covid-19. This was a blanket extension and was given to all renewable projects without a case-to-case examination.

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