MNRE pushes states to set up renewable energy equipment parks
MRRE has written to various state governments and port authorities to identify land parcels of 50-500 acre
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has urged states to set up renewable energy (RE) equipment manufacturing parks to meet domestic demand as well as make India a global production hub.
The MNRE has offered many incentives to states to set up such parks at a time when numerous international firms are looking to move their production base out of China after the COVID-19 outbreak. MNRE has initiated action in big way towards setting up new hubs for manufacturing renewable energy equipments in the country to meet both domestic and also cater to global demand.
With this objective, MRRE has written to various state governments and port authorities to identify land parcels of 50-500 acre for setting up such parks. Tuticorin Port Trust, and the governments of Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have already expressed interest in setting up RE equipment manufacturing parks.
The ministry has also got in touch with trade commissioners/ representatives of various countries inviting them to invest in this promising sector in India. These facilities will manufacture equipment like silicon ingots and wafers, solar cells and modules, wind power equipment and ancillary items like back sheet, glass, steel frames, inverters and batteries. The hubs will also export equipment and services in the RE sector.
At present, India has around 10 GW of wind equipment manufacturing capacity. In case of solar cells and modules, India imports about 85 percent of its requirement. The government has already levied basic customs duty on these goods for protecting the domestic solar manufacturing industry.
In tune with this, the MNRE has set up a Renewable Energy Industry Facilitation and Promotion Board to facilitate investment in the sector. The ministry has strengthened the clauses in power purchase agreements (PPAs) to boost investor confidence.
The three power and RE sector NBFCs -- PFC, REC and IREDA -- have reduced their repayment charges to two percent for enhancing the funds available for new projects. The IREDA has also brought out a new scheme for project specific funding to promote new RE projects in India.