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India to take criminal action against errant solar power developers


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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Domestic content requirement, solar rooftop scheme, RFID, Indian Penal Code

Mains level: Solar power target of India and related issues

Solar power developers using foreign equipment to be penalized

  1. India will penalize solar power developers who are using foreign equipment in power generation projects
  2. These projects were awarded on the basis that they would only use locally-made solar cells and modules

Possible actions

  1. Filing of a criminal case under 420 and related sections of the Indian Penal Code
  2. Blacklisting of the developer for 10 years
  3. Forfeiting of bank guarantee
  4. Disciplinary case against the concerned officers of the state-run firms and the state governments

Solar power program

  1. These projects were awarded under the domestic content requirement (DCR) route by state-owned firms
  2. They are required to use solar cells and panels made in India
  3. Also, under the solar rooftop scheme, the government gives subsidy on the condition that the modules should be made in India
  4. Solar cells can be imported under this scheme

Stringent norms introduced

  1. Indian government’s plans to making it mandatory for developers to publicly disclose the radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag information of the panels used in solar projects
  2. It will also be incumbent on the developers to share the RFID list of rejected panels
  3. The government also introduced stringent quality norms in August for solar equipment to be sold in the country and made the destruction of sub-standard equipment mandatory
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