RIL Arm, Jindal India, Adani Among Lowest Bidders For Govt's Rs 4,500 Crore Solar PLI Scheme: Report

by Swarajya Staff - Oct 26, 2021 10:36 AM +05:30 IST
RIL Arm, Jindal India, Adani Among Lowest Bidders For Govt's Rs 4,500 Crore Solar PLI Scheme: ReportSolar panels at Roha Dyechem solar plant at Bhadla near Jodhpur, Rajasthan. (Representative Image) (MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Reliance New Energy, Adani Infrastructure and Jindal India Solar Energy are among the companies that emerged as the lowest bidders for the Rs 4,500 crore production linked incentive (PLI) scheme of the government for solar manufacturing in the country.

The PLI scheme for solar manufacturing was approved by the Union Cabinet in April this year with a budgetary outlay of Rs 4,500 crore.

The scheme is expected to add 10 gigawatt (GW) of high-efficiency integrated solar photo-voltaic (PV) manufacturing plants and bring direct investment of around Rs 17,200 crore in solar PV manufacturing.

Jindal India Solar sought the lowest Rs 1,390 crore incentive, sources were quoted by the Economic Times as saying. Shirdi Sai Electricals Limited stood second with a bid of Rs 1,875 crore while Reliance Industries’ renewable arm quoted Rs 1,917 crore.

Adani Industries emerged as L4 bidder with a bid of Rs 3,600 crore.

According to the report, all the four bidders propose undertaking integrated manufacturing of polysilicon to modules of 4,000- mega watt (MW) capacity.

The selection of bidders under the solar PLI scheme has reportedly been made on three parameters - the extent of integration, proposed manufacturing capacity and the performance efficiency of the modules.

It should be noted that there are four stages in module making: polysilicon, wafers, cells and modules. Currently, India's existing 15 GW production capacity has no polysilicon or wafer production capacity.

As per the report, PLI disbursement to the selected bidders under the scheme will start after one year of commissioning on an annual basis based on sales, efficiency of modules and local sourcing.

No PLI will be given if the selected bidders fail to fulfil commitments made under the selection criteria.

In total, 18 companies with a cumulative capacity of 54.8 GW had applied for the 10 GW scheme. The companies in the race included First Solar India that sought Rs 1,753 crore for integrated manufacturing of 3,000- megawatt (MW) capacity of polysilicon to modules.

Other firms that submitted proposals for manufacturing of modules from wafers of cells included Coal India Ltd, Larsen & Toubro, ReNew Solar, Tata Power, Acme Solar and Vikram Solar had submitted proposals for manufacture of modules from wafers or cells.

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