India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests issued memorandums May 10 and 13 exempting certain solar energy projects from the requirement to obtain environmental clearance and prioritizing the handling of permit applications for green construction projects. Specifically, projects that generate electricity from photovoltaic cells will not require environmental approval, and priority will be given to considering environmental clearance applications for building and other construction sector projects that have obtained a green building rating.
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India to prioritize green building
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