Question raised in Rajya Sabha on impact of coronavirus on solar industry, 03/03/2020
Question raised in Rajya Sabha on impact of coronavirus on solar industry, 03/03/2020. A total of 8004.64 MW of renewable energy capacity has been installed during the period from April 2019 to January, 2020 as compared to 5978.47 MW installed during the same period during the financial year 2018-19. The Government has set a target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2022 which includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from Biomass and 5 GW from Small Hydro. So far, as on 31st January 2020, a cumulative renewable energy of 86.32 GW has been installed in the country. Further, an additional capacity of 35.09 GW is under various stages of implementation and 34.47 GW under various stages of bidding. The Government of India through O.M. No. 18/4/2020-PPD dated 19th February, 2020 from Procurement Policy Division, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, has already clarified that disruption of supply chains due to spread of corona virus in China or any other country should be considered as a case of natural calamity and force majeure clause may be invoked, wherever considered appropriate, following the due procedure.