MNRE organizing ‘Chintan Baithak’ brainstorming session on renewable energy

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is reportedly gearing up to organize ‘Chintan Baithak’ a brainstorming session for all stakeholders in the renewable energy sector. The ministry is organizing this brainstorming session looking into the slowdown in commissioning of such projects mainly due to differences between the government and developers over issues such as ceiling tariffs and land acquisition.

The ‘chintan baithak’ is scheduled to be held on May 7 at the Ficci auditorium in Delhi.

This is not the first time that the government body in the renewable energy segment is organizing a “Chintan Baithak”. The Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) organized similar “Chintan Baithak” for discussion on “SECI’s Future Growth” on May 20, 2016

MNRE secretary Anand Kumar speaking to ET said that the session has been organized to discuss development issues relating to solar, wind, biomass and small hydro segments of renewable energy.

He said “We will discuss how to kick start manufacturing of solar equipment in India, we are also keen to enhance wind manufacturing so that will be brought up as well.” Kumar further added “We will discuss how to get renewable energy included in the priority lending sector, it’s not just the developers who’ve been invited to the baithak; but financial institutions, planning commission, NTPC and POSCO too have been called.”

MNRE has put in all its effort to propel the renewables and manufacturing in the country  through many large size tenders but failed to achieve the success it intended to due to lack of interest.

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Ideas for the next edition of RE Invest, the ministry’s yearly flagship event are also expected to be the part of the brainstorming session.  RE Invest is expected to be held between October 30 and November 2 this year.

Currently the situation looks fuzzy as to whether any fruitful outcome will emerge from the chintan baithak being held amid Lok Sabha elections.

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