Solar rooftop materials and equipment utilized for rooftop
solar projects (grid-connected) is now exempt from customs and excise duty. The
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released new guidelines for the
grant of duty benefits to end users.
The MNRE gave customs and excise duty exemption certificates
with immediate effect to all solar rooftop project contractors with a
minimum 100 kW capacity as a single project or bundled project. The MNRE has regulated,
that in the case of bundled projects, the contractor will apply for a customs
and excise duty exemption certificate on behalf of the end user.
This is required to provide a push for more solar rooftops
in the country. This single step will lower rooftop solar project costs across
the country, stated an MNRE official.
reported that the government approved the proposed amendments to the
Achievement-linked Incentives and Awards program for grid-connected rooftop and
small solar power projects in a bid to promote rooftop and small solar
Mercom had also reported that the new
benchmark tariffs were set for rooftop solar after almost three years in an
effort to boost installations and help achieve 100 percent electrification through
the implementation of off-grid solar.
these guidelines coming into immediate effect, the solar rooftop sector in
India has become heavily subsidized and the MNRE expects end users to embrace
rooftop solar, which has become cheap, both in the short- and long-run, added
the MNRE official.