Investment of Rs 4,000 crore in wind energy projects is on the verge of becoming non-performing assets, as over 550 MW of projects that are ready to generate electricity are stranded because a state utility has refused to sign power purchase agreements (PPA) or issue commissioning certificates.
Projects of Tata Power, ITC, Jindal Steel subsidiary Maharashtra Seamless, Hero Future Energies, Green Infra Wind Energy and Continuum Wind Energy are facing the risk. “Wind energy projects which do not start generating power within two years of taking loans can be declared ‘non-performing’ by the RBI,” said Sunil Jain, President, Wind Independent Power Producers Association. “All these developers face this threat, even if they have been paying interest on their loans. This will affect their credit worthiness for future bank loans.”