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Government implementing PLI scheme for boosting domestic production of Solar Modules: Union Power & NRE Minister

Posted On: 23 MAR 2023 4:20PM by PIB Delhi

The Government of India is implementing the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme under National Programme on High Efficiency Solar PV Modules, for achieving domestic manufacturing capacity of Giga Watt (GW) scale in High Efficiency Solar PV modules and solar PV cells, with an outlay of Rs. 24,000 crore. This Scheme has provision for Production Linked Incentive (PLI) to the selected solar PV module manufacturers for five years post commissioning, on manufacture and sale of High Efficiency Solar PV modules. The Scheme is being implemented in two tranches. Tranche-I has an outlay of Rs. 4,500 crore, under which Letters of Award have been issued to three successful bidders for setting up of 8737 MW of fully integrated solar PV module manufacturing units. For Tranche-II with an outlay of Rs. 19,500 crore, the Scheme Guidelines have been issued on 30.09.2022 and tender document for selection of solar PV manufacturers has been issued on 18.11.2022. Selection of solar PV manufacturers under Tranche-II with outlay of Rs 19,500 crore, has not yet been done.

Solar Photovoltaic module manufacturers are not required to report their production to Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), and therefore, this data is not available with MNRE. However, the total capacity for manufacturing Solar Photovoltaic Modules in the country, as per the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) is about 22.4 GW per annum.

The details of Solar Photovoltaic Modules imported during the last three years and the current year, country-wise, as per the website pertaining to Export-Import Data Bank of Department of Commerce, are at Annexure-I.

Under Tranche-I of PLI Scheme, Letters of Award have been issued for setting up of 8737 MW of fully integrated solar PV module manufacturing units. Selection of solar PV manufacturers under Tranche-II with outlay of Rs 19,500 crore, has not yet been done.

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, has been consistently bringing out policies to increase the manufacturing of indigenous Solar Photovoltaic Modules. Some of the other initiatives, inter-alia, include:

  1. Domestic Content Requirement (DCR): Under some of the current schemes of the MNRE, namely CPSU Scheme Phase-II, PM-KUSUM Component B and Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Programme Phase-II, wherein government subsidy is given, it has been mandated to source solar PV cells and modules from domestic sources.
  2. Preference to ‘Make in India’ in Public Procurement: Through implementation of ‘Public Procurement (Preference to Make in India) Order’, procurement and use of domestically manufactured solar PV modules and domestically manufactured solar inverters has been mandated for Government/ Government entities.
  3. Imposition of Basic Customs Duty on import of solar PV cells & modules: The Government has imposed Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on import of solar PV cells and modules, with effect from 01.04.2022.
  4. Discontinuation of Customs Duty Concessions: MNRE has discontinued issuance of Customs Duty Concession Certificates for import of material /equipment for initial setting up of solar PV power projects with effect from 02.02.2021.

 

Country

Value of Imports in USD million

 

2019-20*

2020-21*

2021-22*

2022-23*

 

(HS Code

(HS Code

(HS Code

(till Jan 2023)

 

85414011)

85414011)

85414012)

(HS Code

 

(Solar PV

(Solar PV Cells

(Solar PV

85414300)

 

Cells &

& Modules)

Modules)

(Solar PV

 

Modules)

 

 

Modules)

Australia

0

0

0.22

0.00

Cambodia

5.97

6.69

 

 

Canada

7.92

0.8

 

 

Chad

0

0.24

 

 

Taiwan

20.97

11.28

0.13

 

China PRP

1307.03

494.87

3075.32

662.69

France

0

0.06

 

 

Germany

3.73

0.03

0.21

0.11

Hong Kong

31.3

3.22

229.12

0.03

Indonesia

0.11

0.01

 

 

Italy

0.27

0.16

0

0.00

Japan

3.41

0.15

 

 

Korea DP RP

0

0

0

 

Korea RP

1.72

0.16

0

0.00

Luxembourg

0

0

0.01

 

Malaysia

3.91

7.46

31.43

0.85

Myanmar

0.98

5.78

 

 

Philippines

0.04

0

0

0.01

Russia

0.02

0.04

 

 

Saudi Arab

0

0.01

 

 

Singapore

31.32

6.69

22.76

22.97

Spain

0.18

0.1

0.13

0.04

 

Country

Value of Imports in USD million

2019-20*

(HS Code 85414011)

(Solar PV Cells &

Modules)

2020-21*

(HS Code 85414011)

(Solar PV Cells & Modules)

2021-22*

(HS Code 85414012)

(Solar PV Modules)

2022-23*

(till Jan 2023) (HS Code 85414300)

(Solar PV

Modules)

Sri Lanka DSR

1.28

0

 

 

Swaziland

0

0

0.08

 

Switzerland

0

0.01

3.78

0.00

Thailand

120.47

18.76

0.01

0.00

Tunisia

0.01

0

0

 

U.A.E.

0.43

0

0

0.13

U.K.

0.02

0.06

0

0.00

U.S.A.

2.57

0.03

0

0.02

Unspecified

0

0.07

0

 

Vietnam Soc

Rep

140.63

14.97

0

0.19

TOTAL (USD

million)

1684.29

571.65

3363.20

687.04

*Till FY 2020-21, Solar Cells, whether or not assembled in modules were classified under HS Code 85414011.

In FY 2021-22, the HS Code 85414011 was retained for Solar PV Cells and new HS Code 85414012 was brought in for Solar PV Modules.

Subsequently, from FY 2022-23, the Solar PV Cells and Solar PV Modules (other than those exclusively used with ITA-1 items) are put under HS Codes 85414200 and 85414300 respectively.

This information was given by the Union Minister of New Renewable Energy Sh. R.K. Singh in the Lok Sabha Today.

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