The government will soon enhance the funding under the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for the domestic solar cells and module manufacturing to Rs 24,000 crore from the existing Rs 4,500 crore to make India an exporting nation.
“We brought the PLI scheme (for solar cells and modules) worth Rs 4,500 crore. We invited bids and we got 54,500 MW manufacturing capacity of solar equipment. We asked the government to sanction Rs 19,000 crore more under the PLI, which was approved (in-principle). Now we would have a PLI of Rs 24,000 crore. We would be exporting solar equipment,” Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh told PTI.
In April this year, The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy’s proposal for implementation of the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme ‘National Programme on High Efficiency Solar PV (Photo Voltic) Modules’ for achieving manufacturing capacity of Giga Watt (GW) scale in high efficiency solar PV modules with an outlay of Rs.4,500 crore.
The outcomes/ benefits expected from the scheme were Additional 10,000 MW capacity of integrated solar PV manufacturing plants,
Direct investment of around Rs.17,200 crore in solar PV manufacturingprojects, Demand of Rs.17,500 crore over 5 years for ‘Balance of Materials’, Direct employment of about 30,000 and Indirect employment of about1,20,000 persons, Import substitution of around Rs.17,500 crore every year, and Impetus to Research & Development to achieve higher efficiency in solar PV modules.
Under the scheme Solar PV manufacturers will be selected through a transparent competitive bidding process. PLI will be disbursed for 5 years post commissioning of solar PV manufacturing plants, on sales of high efficiency solar PV modules. Manufacturers will be rewarded for higher efficiencies of solar PV modules and also for sourcing their material from the domestic market. Thus, the PLI amount will increase with increased module efficiency and increased local value addition.