MNRE has issued amendments in guidelines for forwarding applications to the Ministry of Defence for grant of clearance for the construction of wind projects
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued amendments in guidelines for forwarding applications to the Ministry of Defence for grant of clearance for the construction of wind power projects.
In pursuance of the order issued in 2013 by the Ministry of Defence conveying the decision that the applications for grant/ renewal of defence clearance for construction of power projects will be accepted through nodal Ministries (MNRE for renewable power projects), Guidelines were issued for processing of applications in this Ministry for grant of clearance by the Ministry of Defence to wind power projects.
As per the above mentioned OM, the role of the Nodal Ministry role was limited to verification of the credentials/ bonafide of the project and the developers/ proponents. All other aspects relating to grant of Defence clearance are dealt in entirety by the Ministry of Defence.
And now, the MNRE has issued amendments to the said guidelines.
According to the new changes, a certificate to the effect that the wind turbine model(s) proposed to be installed under the project for which grant of Defence clearance is requested, are having valid Type Certificate is to be submitted by the applicant with the application, which will be retained by this Ministry.
The Certificate shall have the reference no. of the model(s) proposed to be installed as per the Revised List of Models & Manufacturers (RLMM) with RLMM date and validity of model(s) as per RLMM list.
And, in the absence of valid Type Certificate and RLMM listed WTG model, the applicant may submit an undertaking confirming that the WTG for the project will be selected from MNRE’s RLMM list and will ensure that highest point of the wind turbines (elevation above mean sea level) will remain in the limit of NoC and if it exceeds the height limit, the applicant will seek fresh approval from the Ministry of Defence through MNRE.
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