March 27 (Renewables Now) - All renewable energy projects that are currently being implemented in India will get an extension of their commissioning deadlines due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus.
This was announced by Anand Kumar, secretary of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on Thursday, just a few days after the government issued a stay-at-home order as part of its fight to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 infectious disease. According to Kumar’s Twitter post, the length of the extensions will depend on the duration of the COVID-19 protocol and the time needed to remobilise the workforce.
The decision was applauded by members of the domestic solar industry as a measure to ease disruptions on the market caused by the pandemic.
Under the Indian government’s regulations, all businesses in the country are shut, except for those providing essential products and services.
Earlier this week, India announced it will allow developers to apply for extended construction deadlines as the virus spread has hurt supply chains and this can be considered as a case of natural calamity and a force majeure event.