Developers face penalty in the range of Rs. 2 crore for a month’s delay. With a looming deadline of January 9 next year, many of the 5 MW capacity solar photovoltaic (or PV) projects taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission seem set to miss the deadline unless they pick up their pace. Twenty-eight PV projects were to be set up under the mission in a year’s time from the date of signing the power purchase agreements.
K S Popli, director technical of India Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) says that “10 to 12 projects seem to be on track”. Around four projects may meet the deadline with some extra efforts. He however added that “about 12 of the PV projects would most likely miss their deadline”.

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