Loss for big power projects, gain for renewables
Policy hurdles for big power projects are proving to be blessing in disguise for small renewable energy projects. Domestic lenders are turning to these green ventures to grow their books, as many big projects in the non-renewable sector continue to face operational bottlenecks. Banks have funded several projects in the renewable energy space, especially special purpose vehicles formed by private equity firms over the past few months. According to data collated by the Reserve Bank of India at the end of March, 284 projects worth Rs 15.6 lakh crore were under the consideration of the project monitoring group, set by the prime minister last year, to revive stalled infrastructure projects.