Budget 2018: Here Is How FM Arun Jaitley Can Fulfill PM Modi’s Target Of Generating More Renewable Energy

Budget 2018: Here Is How FM Arun Jaitley Can Fulfill PM Modi’s Target Of Generating More Renewable Energy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time to time asserted that India needs to rely more on renewable energy. The FICCI wants that the current tax exemptions provided to the renewable energy sector should be continued under the GST regime as well to achieve this target. “In addition, even the services rendered to a project owner for setting up and operation of renewable energy plant/project should be exempt from levy of GST. This would ensure that there is no adverse impact on the procurement made for the generation of renewable energy due to increase in tax costs,” the industry body says. It had said, “The project developer should be eligible to claim refund of GST paid (both at Central and State level) on goods and services used for setting up and operating renewable energy project. Alternatively, sale of goods and services to renewable energy projects should be zero rated, i.e. the vendors providing such goods and services at nil GST rate should be eligible to avail credit of the GST paid on inputs, capital goods and services used.”

FICCI has also recommended that in order to encourage an increase in the renewable energy generation capacity in the country full exemption from GST be provided to Renewable Energy Certificates. “Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) is a market based instrument to promote renewable energy generation. The Electricity Act, 2003, the policies framed under the Act, as also the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) provide for a roadmap for increasing the share of renewable in the total generation capacity in the country,” says FICCI. Read More…

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