BCD

With Safeguard Duty Expiry A Day Away, Solar Bodies in a Huddle For Way Forward

With the Safeguard Duty (SGD) on solar modules expiring tomorrow, there is predictable anxiety among Indian module manufacturers on the future after the duty expires. Currently, there is an ongoing investigation by the Directorate General of Trade Remedies against alleged Chinese dumping of modules, which has got delayed due to a court intervention. Thus, a […]

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R.K. Singh Acknowledges Tariff, Non-Tariff Barriers To Stay For Solar Equipment

In what seems to be a clear ramp up of pressure to buy locally and block imports, Power and MNRE Minister R.K. Singh has categorically referred to both tariff and non-tariff barriers as a way to achieve this objective. Speaking at an industry event on  self reliance in renewable energy manufacturing organised by the Confederation […]

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With Intense Covid 2nd Wave, SPDA Appeals For a Further 3 Month Breather From MNRE

The Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA), a key representative body for solar developers, has appealed to the MNRE for a further 3 month extension on top of the 5 month extension granted back in 2020, for completing solar projects. The association counts large developers including Avaada power, Azure Global, Acme Solar and ReNew Power amongst […]

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The BCD Calculus: Will It Deliver The Right Outcomes?

As expected, once it did arrive, India’s Basic Customs Duty (BCD) plan for solar cells and equipment has managed to create just the sort of furore that the government claims it seeks to avoid. After all, for once, this was a decision that was long in coming, with intent having been announced last year itself, […]

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BCD Will Raise Solar Purchase Cost by Rs 900 Cr pa for Off-takers: Ind-Ra

The imposition of BCD will lead to an increase in solar tariffs which will increase power purchase costs for solar off-takers by Rs 900 crore annually India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has come out and said that the imposition of basic customs duty (BCD) on solar cells and modules with effect from 1 April 2022 […]

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40% on Modules & 25% on Cells, MNRE to Impose BCD From April 1, 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has finally finalised the new Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on solar PV cells and modules. As per an office memorandum, the Ministry is going to impose a 25 percent BCD on solar PV cells and 40 percent duty on solar modules without grandfathering of bid-out projects. However, […]

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BCD Announcement This Week? Speculation Reaches Fever Pitch, Again

A report in BusinessLine, quoting sources in the MNRE, has speculated on the possibility of Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on modules and solar cells finally being announced this week. Readers will recall that the announcement was widely expected in the Union Budget in February, but was conspicuously missing. The report quotes its sources as saying […]

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