With the aim to promote the manufacturing of high-efficiency solar PV modules in India and reduce import dependence in the area of Renewable Energy, MNRE issued the guidelines for domestic solar equipment manufacturers.
Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has assigned Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) as the implementing agency of this scheme. The responsibilities of IREDA inter alia, include receipt of applications, examination, and appraisal of applications as per the modalities of this scheme, issuing acknowledgments to applicants, making appropriate recommendations to MNRE after assigning inter-se ranking for approval of beneficiaries, examination of claims of beneficiaries for disbursement of PLI, verification, and reconciliation of disbursement claims with prescribed documents and making appropriate recommendations to MNRE in this regard, a compilation of data regarding progress and performance of the scheme through Quarterly Review Reports and other information/documents.
IREDA will have the right to carry physical inspection of an applicant’s manufacturing units and offices through site visits. It will take the help of the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) for measurement of efficiency and temperature co-efficient of modules. If required, MNRE may also designate National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited labs, etc. for such measurement.
Selection of beneficiaries: Beneficiaries of the PLI scheme will be selected through a transparent bidding process. Applications will be shortlisted after consideration of the following parameters:
- The extent of Integration: Preference will be given to manufacturers who propose to set up a fully integrated solar PV manufacturing plant using silicon-based technology (starting from the stage of manufacturing of polysilicon to Ingot/Wafer to Solar Cell and Module) or fully integrated. Thin Film technology or any other technology. However, in order to qualify for the bid, the applicant manufacturer will have to promise minimum integration across solar cells and modules.
- Manufacturing Capacity: Preference will be given to manufacturers who set up higher capacity plants. However, in order to qualify for the bid, the applicant manufacturer will have to undertake to set up a manufacturing plant of a minimum of 1,000 MW capacity (1,000 MW each for all individual stages included in the manufacturer’s proposal).
- Minimum module performance: Manufacturers will also have to fulfill the following minimum performance parameters:
Minimum module efficiency of 19.50% with a temperature coefficient of Pmax better than -0.30% per degree Celsius.
Minimum module efficiency of 20% with a temperature coefficient of Pmax equal to or better than 0.40% per degree Celsius.
PLI will be calculated as per the following formula: PLI (₹) to manufacturers = Sales Volume (Wp) × Base PLI Rate (₹/Wp as per position in Performance Matrix) × Tapering Factor (1.4, 1.2, 1, 0.8, 0.6 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th year respectively) × Local Value
Addition expressed in a fraction of one.
Timelines for commissioning of solar PV manufacturing facilities: The time period allowed for commissioning of solar PV manufacturing units under the Scheme is as follows:
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