National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) is an umbrella organization representing solar energy companies active along the whole photovoltaic value chain: project developers, manufacturers, engineering companies, financing institutions, and other stakeholders.

GST Rate 5% or 18%? Solar Sector Continues to Live with Uncertainty

A year on, stakeholders are still in the dark about how the rate applies, while conflicting state commission rulings on the rate have only added to the confusion

Passed on 1st July 2017, India’s Goods and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax imposed on goods and services, and replaces existing state and central taxes of a similar nature. The goal of the GST is to simplify the indirect tax for the country as a whole.

“It has now been well over a year since the GST came into effect and there is still no clarity which has been a drag on solar installations in the country.  States are also issuing their own interpretations, adding to the confusion. Solar companies are still struggling to figure out the GST rates applicable on various goods and services that go into the development of a solar project,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom Capital Group.

The ongoing delays in GST reimbursement and lack of clarity are affecting solar project developers in India. Today, the situation remains the same.

An official at Rays Infra, an EPC services company told Mercom, “If we sell the complete solution, then it has a GST rate of 5 percent. But in case we unbundle it and provide to the customer separately,  then the components will have 18 percent GST rate.”

Highlighting the issues faced by developers, he added, “What we expect is that the GST rate of 5 percent should be applicable to the entire range of products and services in the renewables industry. At times, it is difficult to include every product and make it an integrated solution as you don’t know if you are going to sell it as a total solution or a separate product.”

A project developer shed some more light on the issue, “As far as GST is concerned, the issues we had have been mostly cleared by the CERC. But the key issue is that there are advanced rulings which talk about 5 percent as well as 18 percent GST. We have claimed only 5 percent for power generating systems but if there is a change again from 5 percent to 18 percent, as some of the advanced rulings have come, this issue will again come up. This is where we are stuck. The Ministry of Finance is yet to confirm which contract would come under 5 percent and which under 18 percent. This is not clear in the law and that’s why it has to be clarified by the Ministry of Finance. Unless they declare it, the courts and commissions will take decisions on their own reading and understanding of the law. These rulings are creating a lot of confusion”.

The ongoing confusion and uncertainty has been compounded due to the varied state commission rulings on the matter.

He added “Solar power generating systems are also procured in various contracting structures. For example, composite turn-key supply or segregated supply and services. Only the supply part has 5 percent GST, so we are seeking clarification from the MoF about which contracting structure will attract a particular rate.”

Currently, the ministry is reviewing the documents submitted by SPDA and is expected to take this matter with the GST Council, according to the representative.

Recently, the CERC issued an order to compensate solar power developers through a one-time payment, which they would have incurred as an additional capital expenditure after the introduction of GST Law. It asked the government agencies to make adjustments in the quoted tariff because of the additional operating and recurring expenditure that will incur for the entire term of the project.

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Intersolar India 2018

National Solar Energy Federation of India and Messe Muenchen India are joining hand for the forthcoming expo and conference Intersolar India 2018.

Intersolar India 2018 this year is celebrating its 10th anniversary in the state of Karnataka – “Bengaluru”, the capital city of India’s Silicon Valley, technology hub and one of the top solar markets from December 11-13, 2018 – Hall 1 & 2, Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) – Bengaluru.

 In addition, Intersolar India will continue to connect solar businesses in the western key market Maharashtra on April 4-5, 2019 in Hall 3, Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC) – Mumbai with a focus on financing and western solar markets.

We would   like to personally invite you to participate at the expo where very few booths are only available, for more details you can connect with: Mr. Brijesh Nair, Project Director

Intersolar India: H/P: 80808 44022 Email:

The exhi­bition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaicsolar thermal technologiessolar plants, as well as grid infrastructure and solutions for the integration of renewable energy. With its special exhibitions ees India and Power2Drive India, the event has a strong additional focus on electrical energy storage (ees) and e-mobility solutions and will welcome more than 17,000 industry professionals and 300 exhibitors.

Intersolar India will be hosting and highlighting the special exhibition “ees India“ to extend and round up electrical energy storage innovations and programs, covering the entire value chain of innovative battery and energy storage technologies. The focus at ees is on energy storage solutions suited to energy systems with increasing amounts of renewable energy sources attracting investors, utilities, installers, manufacturers and project developers from all over the world.

The exhibition Power2Drive showcases electric mobility solutions and technologies and reflects the interaction between electric vehicles and a sustainable and environmentally friendly energy supply. Our goal is to help companies to develop and distribute technologies and business models in the field of traction batteries, charging infrastructure and all kind of electric vehicles, and to push forward a sustainable future mobility.

Solar developments in India grew exponentially in 2017. Further announcements and new market opportunities in the energy storage and electric mobility sector strengthen India to become an interesting and promising market in the future.

NSEFI Members can avail a discount of 20% on the delegate fee in case any of your company representatives are planning to attend the conference.

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Renewable Energy Experts discuss the future of clean energy at Reinvest 2018

The power-packed technical sessions at the 2nd Global RE-Invest India-ISA Partnership Renewable Energy Experts’ Meet & Expo (RE-Invest 2018), organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy saw industry experts, corporates and sector players discussing the opportunities and challenges held by the Renewable Energy sector at Greater Noida.
Reiterating the discussions of the ministerial sessions held on day one of RE-Invest 2018, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Renewable Energy, Government of India, Mr. G K Gupta, said “Like the telecom revolution, where prices were brought down from Rs. 16 per minute to a few paisas per minute, now is the time for a similar revolution for the Renewable Energy sector.”

Opening his views at the technical session: storage solution in Renewable, Chief Executive Officer, Emergent Ventures, Mr. Vinod Kala, who was the moderator of the session underlined the need for creating a conducive policy and regulatory framework that gives impetus to domestic manufacturing, demand creation and allows integrated e-mobility requirement seamlessly. Stating the demanding portfolio for renewable energy batteries he said, “Ancillary services market should also be kept in mind.”

Lauding the Kusum Yojana at the special session: India’s Energy Basket 2030, Chairman-Elect, Global Solar Council (GSC) Mr. Pranav. R Mehta, said, “With Kusum, instead of asking for electricity, our farmers will be supplying electricity.”

Laying impetus on private sector’s contribution to the renewable energy sector at the Technical Session: ‘Next Gen Renewables’, Head of Department Energy System Analysis, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems Dr. Thomas Schlegl, offered technological collaboration with Indian institutes at the Fraunhofer Institute, Germany. Fellow, Brookings India, Dr. Rahul Tongia, who was the moderator at the session, stated that the technological disruption should be analyzed for the renewable energy sector and should be factored in for application.

Stating the policy requirements for installation of solar rooftops, panelist at a session named ‘The Sun Overhead: India’s Rooftop Solar Programme’s panelists said “Awareness among customers about rooftop technology is critical. Rather than focusing on subsidization of rooftop panels for households, the industry needs to work together for faster installation capacity, in order to reach the target of 40GW of solar rooftops.”

The technical sessions on the 2nd day of RE-Invest 2018 witnessed participation of Executive Chairman, SoftBank Energy, Mr. Manoj Kohli, Regional Programme Officer – Asia, Country Support and Partnerships Division, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Mr.Prasoon Agarwal, and Managing Director, Hero Future Energies Private Limited Mr. Rahul Munjal, among others.

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SoftBank CEO Offers Free Solar Power to ISA Countries After the End of 25-Year PPA

Masayoshi Son was speaking at a plenary session called ‘#RENNOVATE’ at the second edition of RE-Invest

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son caught the audience by surprise during the second plenary session of the second Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (REINVEST- 2018), being held at Greater Noida in the national capital region.

Talking at the discussion on the crucial role of renewables, Son announced, “I will give free power from solar power projects after 25 years of PPA to all ISA member countries”.

The ISA is an Indian initiative that was jointly launched by the PM Modi and the president of France on November 30, 2015, in Paris, on the sidelines of COP-21, the UN Climate Conference. The ISA seeks to address the obstacles to deploying solar energy at scale through the improved harmonization and aggregation of demand from solar-rich countries located fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.

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NSEFI Chairman Pranav R Mehta presided over the Global Solar Council Board meeting at Anaheim, USA on 27 September

NSEFI Chairman Pranav R Mehta presided over the Global Solar Council Board meeting at Anaheim, the USA on 27 September.

The Board Meeting discussed its future plans and strategies to enhance solar growth throughout the globe.

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Tata Power Solar launches an extensive residential rooftop solution across India

Tata Power Solar launches an extensive residential rooftop solution across India

Annual saving is expected up to INR 50,000 for 25 years

Tata Power Solar, India’s largest solar energy company, and Tata Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary has launched a complete residential rooftop solution pan India. Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD, Tata Power inaugurated the residential rooftop solutions today at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Senior dignitaries from the government and key decision makers from the corporate industry also graced the launch event with their presence. The residential rooftop solutions are expected to save up to Rs 50,000 annually for 25 years.

Tata Power Solar comes with a successful background of executing World’s largest Rooftop at a single location and India’s largest carport at Cochin International Airport. Recently, Tata Power Solar joined hands with Cricket Club of India and installed the World’s largest solar-powered Cricket Stadium Mumbai, in a record period of 100 days.

Tata Power Solar brings forth India’s most trusted and dependable rooftop solution. A votary of reducing carbon footprint, Tata Power Solar’s residential rooftop solution decreases use of diesel generators, hence leading to more fuel savings. Apart from this, the consumers can avail a chance to earn from their idle rooftop space. To further ease the beneficiaries’ expenses, the proposition comes with government subsidy. The company already has a robust 150+ sales and service channel partners across India which provides its valuable consumers with financing options.

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Praveer Sinha, MD & CEO, Tata Power, said, “We are happy to offer solar rooftop to generate easy and cost-effective solutions for the residential consumers. We urge all Delhi customers to take full benefit of this service.”

Mr. Ashish Khanna, President, Tata Power (Renewables), said, “It is our endeavor to provide knowledge of commercial benefits as well as quality aspects of solar rooftop installation to our residential consumers. We are hopeful that with initiatives like these wherein we not only offer cost-effective Green energy but also help the consumer in energy conservation will achieve our Company’s objective of ‘Lightening up Lives’.”

Safety is as an important aspect of this installation. The company ensures that work happens safely and effectively to prolong the life of the system. The residential rooftop segment will further strengthen the Company’s leadership position in solar rooftop segment, along with being key growth drivers in inspiring environment-friendly energy solutions. Renewables are the new growth area which will bring greater value and will align with the changing consumer needs.


Source: tatapower


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Programme on Solar Resource ,Measurement, Assessment and Calibration,

NISE is organizing the Programme on Solar Radiation Resource Measurement, Assessment and Calibration at NISE campus Gurugram from 9th October (Tuesday) to 10th October (Wednesday), 2018. The target audience are Scientists, Researchers, Graduate Engineers, Manufacturers of Solar Business, SNA officials, any individual wishing to know about Sun and its resource Potential.
About NISE:

National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)> is an autonomous institute under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India to facilitate the Research & Development, Testing, Certification, Skill Development
activities in the field of Solar Energy Technologies. NISE also supports the ministry in the implementation of prestigious National Solar Mission. The Institute is committed to the development and demons energy-related energy-related technologies and its applications to the common man in the country. NISE continuously strives to improve
the facilities so as to compete with the latest technological advancements. NISE is planning to set up a Technology Business Incubation Centre for assisting into ew Entrepreneurs incubate in Solar Energy Business space.

Learning Objectives.
I. Learn about Solar Radiation fundamentals.
II. Computational methods for assessment of Solar Radiation.
III. Instrumentation and Requirements for a Solar Radiation Resource
Measurement Station.
IV. Application of Solar Radiation data, to Industry in Technology selection.
V. Standards and Requirements for calibration of Solar Radiometers
VI. Overview of forecasting and atmospheric modeling
VII. Overview of data analysis

Target Audience
Scientists, Researchers, Engineers Technologists, Manufacturers of Solar Business, SNA officials, any individual wishing to know about Sun and its resource


Training Fee per Participant: Rs 5,900/- (including of 18% GST). There is a total of 30 seats on first come first serve basis. Lunch, Tea will be provided during the
Programme. Accommodation, TA/DA would not be provided by NISE.

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India is the third largest electricity producer ahead of Russia, Japan

Now, India is the third largest electricity producer ahead of Russia, Japan

The power sector has a 100% FDI permit, which boosted FDI inflows in the sector

India’s electricity production grew 34% over seven years to 2017, and the country now produces more energy than Japan and Russia, which had 27% and 8.77% more electricity generation capacity installed, respectively, than India seven years ago.

India produced 1,160.10 billion units (BU) of electricity–one BU is enough to power 10 million households (one household using average of about 3 units per day) for a month–in financial year (FY) 2017.

Source: business-standard
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CEA working on optimized power system cost for 2030

CEA working on optimized power system cost for 2030

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has undertaken a study to ascertain the cheapest power mix in 2030, its Chairman Pankaj Batra said.

“We are working on what should be the ‘Ideal System Cost’ in 2030 and a report is expected in a month’s time,” Batra told .

The report will try to find out the cheapest power mix with grid stability in 2030, and would give a direction to the power sector developers, he said.

The outcome of the study will also act as components to the regulators in determining power tariffs.

According to estimates by the Ministry of Power, the share of renewable energy in India’s electricity mix is set to increase to around 55 per cent by 2030.

At present, renewables account for nearly 20 per cent of the total installed capacity.

India has committed to produce about 40 per cent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. It has also set a target of adding 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.

Meanwhile, the CEA is also closely working with stakeholders in building a cost-effective power evacuation infrastructure in Leh and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

“The region holds potential for 35,000 MW of solar power. We need to build a cost-effective evacuation transmission network before the solar projects are awarded there,” Batra said.

It can be executed by a combination of underground cables and towers installed by airlifting, he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has already signed an MoU with the Centre for development of two mega solar parks with a total capacity of 7,500 MW in the Ladakh region.

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