The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has said solar or wind-solar hybrid projects for which bids were finalized before the announcement of the basic customs duty (BCD) on modules on March 9, 2021, would be granted commissioning extension only on a case-by-case basis.
The renewable energy implementing agencies, including Solar Energy Corp. of India, NTPC, and NHPC would examine developers’ requests for extension on a case-by-case basis and grant extensions only if the developer has taken all possible measures to implement the project (such as land acquisition and order for module/balance-of-system supply) but couldn’t complete the project for reasons beyond his control.
If the developer is yet to take steps to implement the project and is merely sitting on the award, such projects will not be granted an extension and will face cancellation.
Earlier, MNRE had notified that solar and solar-wind hybrid projects for which bids were finalized before March 9, 2021 may be given time for completion up to March 31, 2024.
In its latest order, MNRE has clarified that the completion extension for these projects is “not a general blanket extension”.
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