The ₹19,500 crores production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme for solar power equipment is likely to be split into two or three buckets to include various companies that are at different levels of indigenous module making.
A senior government official said the scheme could be revised based on power and renewable energy minister R K Singh’s interaction with the industry last week. “We can divide the PLI into different buckets for polysilicon-to-modules making, wafers to modules and cells to modules manufacturing. This will promote manufacturing of all the components and include more players,” the official said.
There are four stages in module making – polysilicon, wafers, cells and modules. India’s existing 15 GW production capacity has no polysilicon or wafer production capacity.
The pilot round of the scheme with ₹4,500 crore budgetary allocation was proposed to promote the integration of the process and was awarded to three companies – Reliance New Energy, Shirdi Sai Electricals and Jindal India Solar – that committed module manufacturing from polysilicon.
During the interaction, the industry demanded dilution of local value addition and efficiency requirements. It has asked the government to introduce the two clauses in a graded manner.
The concept note floated by the ministry of new and renewable energy proposed to prescribe a minimum 90% local value addition and 22% module performance to be eligible for the scheme.