According to reports, the enquiry into the Lanco Infratech case is going on, said Mr Farooq Abdullah, Minister for New and Renewable Energy, on the sidelines of an Assocham conference. He, however, did not give any timeline by when the report will come out.
The Government has ordered a probe into the contravention of one project-one proponent norm in the National Solar Mission brought out by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) investigation.
According to the investigation, Lanco Infratech floated front companies and grabbed nine projects worth 235 megawatt, about 40 per cent of the 620 megawatt worth of projects auctioned by the Government during the first batch of the first phase of the Solar Mission.
Addressing a conference on Solar India here on Wednesday, Mr Abdullah said, “The Government will limit imports and encourage domestic manufacturing through public private partnerships to boost solar energy generation. Foreign companies must set up manufacturing facilities along with research and development centres if they want to enter India for solar power generation.”
About 170 megawatt capacity of grid solar power has already been set up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
“The major challenges to Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission are ensuring grid connectivity, storage of renewable energy and cost of financing of solar power projects. The cess that the Government is earning on coal needs to be used towards solar power generation,” he added.