Monday, June 27, 2022

LoUs from IREDA, PFC, REC for RE developers will be at par with bank guarantees: RK Singh

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New Delhi: Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power RK Singh, the has approved a proposal for acceptance of Letter of Undertaking (LoU) issued by IREDA, PFC and REC in lieu of bank guarantees for Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) by SECI, NTPC and NHPC in the case of tenders and biddings for developing Renewable Energy (RE) projects in the country.

In a letter written to SECI, NTPC, NHPC, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has conveyed that SECI, NTPC, NHPC or any other implementing agency on behalf of MNRE (henceforth implementing agencies) may accept Earnest Money Deposit (EMD), in the form of Bank Guarantee (s) or ‘Payment on Order instrument’. Re Developers need bank guarantees for placing bids for clean energy projects offered by nodal agencies like SECI, NTPC and NHPC.

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'Payment on Order instrument’ means Letter of Undertaking from Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) or Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) or REC Limited (REC) (the three non-banking financial institutions under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy/ Ministry of Power), to pay in case situation of default of renewable power generator in terms of tender conditions and or Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) arises. Such a letter will have the same effect as that of a bank guarantee issued by any public sector bank. Such "Payment on Order instrument" would have terms and conditions similar to that of any bank guarantee given by any public sector bank and would promise to pay the procurer on-demand within the stipulated time. The renewable power generators can seek such letters by offering due security to the above mentioned three non-banking financial institutions such as IREDA, PFC and REC.

The communication further mentions, “The above decisions may be treated as amendments to the respective Standard Bidding Guidelines (SBG) (solar & wind), and notified accordingly.”

The three non-banking financial institutions IREDA or PFC or REC may issue such letter (s) of Undertaking/ ‘Payment on Order instrument’ to pay as per their policy, on merits and after due diligence.

RK Singh said, "This decision of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy will go a long way in ensuring Ease of Doing Business in the RE sector as the developers will now have one more option in fulfilling the tender requirement."

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