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The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) today alleged that Lanco Infratech flouted rules in bagging projects under the National Solar Mission, a charge refuted by the diversified group.

The Delhi-based NGO has alleged that Lanco created front companies and got about nine solar power projects having a total capacity of 235 MW.
This is about 40% of the 620 MW worth of projects auctioned by the government during the first batch of the first phase of the Mission, CSE said in a statement.

New Delhi: In violation of government norms, a single company, Lanco Infratech has allegedly cornered 40% of the contracts bid out for the first phase of the National Solar Mission, garnering proje

New Delhi Smelling a scam in the bidding process for the National Solar Mission, Sunita Narain-led Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Wednesday said that front companies floated by Lanco I

CSE probe details alleged rigging of bids to favour Lanco, shell firms ministry says will examine evidence, Lanco denies CSE allegations

16 Feb 2012

Karno GuhathakurtaIt was a trade exhibition abuzz with the restrained chatter of busy suited executives at company stalls making contacts and finalising deals. Nothing out of place except that this trade was about renewable energy technologies, which have unconventional reasons for growth. First, these technologies are seen as the most economical and feasible source of energy for millions of people unconnected to the electricity grid and having no electricity to light their houses or cook their food. This energy poverty is disabling and needs to be eradicated.

03 Feb 2012

Solar mission is too important to let doubtful dealings hijack it.

In public perception the renewable energy sector is a do-good sector that promises environment-friendly and affordable energy. It is for this reason that this sector gets overwhelming support from all sections of society. Civil society organisations, including the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), have worked hard over the years to increase awareness about renewable energy and have pushed the government policy towards ambitious programmes.

01 Feb 2012

Jonas Hamberg stumbles on fictitious companies dealing in public funds. It was all there on the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RREC) website—names of companies, addresses and phone numbers. But calling them up did not work. We were to find out the reason later. I am talking about the companies that Lanco Infratech used as fronts to get hold of more solar capacity than it was allowed under JNNSM, acronym for Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. We wanted to know more about these companies.