The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has recently issued a clarification stating that solar PV cells manufactured using diffused silicon wafers or blue wafers shall not be considered domestically manufactured solar PV cells, and hence, would not qualify for MNRE’s schemes/programmes. This decision can be expected to significantly reduce the country’s dependence on foreign imports and establish India as a prominent manufacturing hub of solar products. The move can also help in reducing initial costs associated with solar PV systems and improve its adoption in the country.
In its statement, the Ministry noted that many of MNRE’s flagship programmes such as the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme mandate the use of domestically manufactured solar PV cells. Read More
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