Cabinet approves renewable status for large hydro power projects


Cabinet approves renewable status for large hydro power projects

To boost hydro power generation, the government Thursday approved a slew of measures including providing renewable energy status for large hydel projects and new funding provisions.

Earlier, hydro projects up to 25 MW capacity were considered as renewables and were eligible for various incentives like financial assistance and cheaper credit.  With the government’s decision, hydro projects above 25 MW can also avail the benefits.

“Union Cabinet approves a slew of measures to promote hydro power sector,” an official statement said.

The Cabinet decision has also paved the way for adding hydro capacities of about 45 GW to the renewable energy basket of existing 74 GW which includes solar, wind and small hydro. Read More

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