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How far will the new taxation on solar imports make meeting green energy standards more challenging?

August 3, 2022 4:23 pm

How far will the new taxation on solar imports make  meeting green energy standards more challenging?
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Vikram V, Vice President & Sector Head – Corporate ratings,  ICRA
ICRA’s outlook for the renewable energy sector remains Stable, driven by favourable policy support, superior tariff competitiveness, largely untapped potential and strong intermediate procurers like SECI. These rules include reducing the sanctioned load to 100 kW from 1 MW earlier for open access, the cap on cross subsidy surcharge, exemption from the additional surcharge, banking provision and a single-window clearance through a central nodal agency. However, the timely implementation of these rules by the state commissions remains to be seen. This apart, the sector continues to face challenges on the execution front, the inadequacy of transmission infrastructure and distribution utility finances.
Hitesh Doshi, Chairman, Waaree Group
We have been hopeful of revival for the last decade and have survived strong headwinds. Still, we are entering even more difficult times where our survival is at stake, and without robust local “Make in India” Solar manufacturing, India’s energy sector is in jeopardy. Domestic manufacturing must have structural (ALMM) safeguards and tariff-based barriers (BCD/ SGD, etc.) for at least 4-5 years before these are gradually phased out. However, the following data is quite startling, given that domestic manufacturers run their plants at 30 per cent capacity and incur huge, unsustainable losses.
Jyoti Gulia, Founder, JMK Research
Aside from the government’s guidance, the taxation of solar cells will result in higher input costs for domestic module manufacturers. This will eventually result in higher module prices from domestic suppliers. Furthermore, in the short term, this move will result in a shortfall in meeting the 100 GW solar target set for December 2022
Yuvraj Dinesh Babu, Executive Director, EY India
BCD on Modules and Cells is a much-awaited countermeasure by Domestic Manufacturers to bridge the price gap and increase competitiveness. Project Developers solely dependent on imported modules are finding ways and means to brace for this impact, though some tariff increases are inevitable. The sector’s growth will be impacted temporarily, but this is a golden opportunity for all the existing and promising domestic manufacturers. They can gear up to meet the goals of the Atma Nirbhar Initiative and excel in inefficiencies, scale production and deploy state-of-the-art technologies and the same time, stay price competitive.

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