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MNRE issues clarification on domestically manufactured solar PV cells

Sanjeevni Today 21-10-2019 05:14 PM

MNRE issues clarification on domestically manufactured solar PV cells


New Delhi. In a major decision that is likely to give further boost to domestic manufacturing of solar cells in India, the New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification in respect of domestically manufactured solar PV cell on Monday. A number of flagship programmes of MNRE such as KUSUM, have provisions for mandatory use of domestically manufactured solar PV cells. However, it was seen that some manufacturers have been importing semi –processed solar PV cells (generally called blue wafer) and making final Solar PV cells with little value addition in India.

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The Ministry has clarified that if diffused silicon wafer (generally called ‘Blue Wafer’) is imported and the same is used as raw material for the manufacture of solar PV cells in India, such solar PV cells will not qualify as domestically manufactured solar PV cells, for the purpose of MNRE’s Schemes and Programmes. A solar PV cell will be considered to be domestically manufactured only if the same has been manufactured in India, using undiffused silicon wafer (generally called ‘Black Wafer’).

It is expected that this decision will help in establishing a strong solar manufacturing base in India. The MNRE order said, 'This is in reference to the schemes/ programmes being implemented by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, wherein it is mandatory to use domestically manufactured solar PV cells and domestically manufactured solar PV modules, and also in reference to the Manufacturing-Linked-PPA initiative by Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI)'.

The order said a solar PV cell will be considered to be domestically manufactured only if the same has been manufactured in India, using undiffused silicon wafer (generally called ‘Black Wafer’), classifiable under Customs Tariff Head 3818 and all steps / processes required for manufacturing solar PV cell from the undiffused silicon wafer have been carried out in India.

If diffused silicon wafer (generally called ‘Blue Wafer’) is imported and the same is used as raw material for the manufacture of solar PV cells in India, such solar PV cells will not qualify as domestically manufactured solar PV cells, for the purpose of MNRE’s Schemes and programmes mandating use of domestically manufactured solar PV cells, the ministry said.

'The solar PV cell manufacturing facility required to be set-up under SECI's Manufacturing-Linked-PPA initiative should manufacture solar PV cells from undiffused wafers, as explained ,' the ministry maintained.

 

 

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