Ministry grants three months extension for wind projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has granted an additional three month time-extension in the scheduled commissioning date (SCD) of wind power projects. The extension accounts for delays due to supply chain disruptions caused post-Covid and monsoon related disruptions.

The ministry has decided that for wind power projects for which the power purchase agreement were signed and orders for wind turbine generator (WTG) were placed before June 15, 2021, the implementing agencies can allow an additional time extension up to three month in the SCD.The extension will be considered on a case-to-case basis after due diligence and careful consideration of the specific circumstances of the case.

Prior to this, as a measure of relief to renewable projects dealing with restrictions imposed on account of the second pandemic wave, MNRE had given an extension for the entire period of disruption i.e. April 1, 2021 to June 15, 2021. However, immediately after this came the monsoon season, which made it difficult to move the heavy machinery required for installation of wind turbines in various parts of the country.

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