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India: New Union Budget and Its Impact on Solar Heat Market and Industry

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 8, 2017
BorosilThe new Union Budget that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented on 1 February 2017 proved the country’s commitment to renewable energy deployment. The funds available to the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) will increase by 9 % from INR 50.36 billion (around EUR 720 million) in 2016-2017 to INR 54.73 billion (about EUR 782 million). There have also been new tax regulations on solar-tempered glass, and the minister announced the creation of a development fund for the dairy processing industry and infrastructure development. The photo shows the inside of the solar-tempered glass factory of Gujarat Borosil Glass Works.
Photo: Jaideep Malaviya
 

India: First Solar Process Heat Systems with CPC-Mirror Vacuum Tube Collectors

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on January 7, 2017
Oorja LadakhIndia has been witnessing renewed interest in solar thermal in the wake of some successful installations. Dish-type concentrating systems have the potential to generate hot water above 100 °C. But in many places, insufficient space or unsuitable roof structures are roadblocks to increased deployment. Several Indian start-ups have used evacuated tube collectors (ETC) with compound parabolic concentrators (CPC), popularly known as non-imaging collectors in India, for solar process heat applications which require medium-pressure steam at around 150 °C. These collectors consist of evacuated double-glass tubes with bent aluminium mirrors underneath. The CPC mirror guarantees that fewer tubes are required per unit area and over 90 % of the gross collector area is used optically. So far, the aluminium sheets for the systems have been imported, but one local manufacturer will start operations soon. 
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India: Solar Energy Equipment Exempt from Central Excise and Customs Duty

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 15, 2014
Machinery equipment which is imported to India and used to manufacture solar thermal components has been exempt from customs duty since July 2014. The products’ exempt status was announced by the new Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on 11 July 2014 during his presentation on the annual Union budget for 2014-15. It is an amendment to the Central Excise Notification No. 15/2010 dated 27 February 2010. This notification had exempted importers of machinery equipment from paying excise and basic customs duty for solar electricity projects (see page 9 of the attached notification). As a result, only the photovoltaic segment reaped the benefits. In the July amendment, the word “power” was replaced by “energy”, which means that machinery equipment for solar water heater production now qualifies as well (see the attached amendment). 
 

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