How GST will reshape the Indian solar industry

On July 1, 2017, India embraced the Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation. Touted as one of the major financial reforms since Independence, the legislation had initially created apprehension in the minds of taxpayers and entrepreneurs alike. Few realize that the reform will be a game-changer for the economy. Let us first try to understand what the legislation entails. Broadly speaking, GST will subsume the whole gamut of indirect taxes such as VAT, Service Tax, central excise tax, octroi into one unified tax. This has multiple ramifications not only for the Indian solar sector, but for the economy as a whole.

To talk about the Indian solar sector, it can be regarded as the future of India’s energy roadmap. India faces the crucial energy dilemma considering that approximately 18,000 villages do not have access to energy, but, at the same time, the country has a strong commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. It is here that solar energy comes to the rescue. It is eco-friendly and hence can play an instrumental role in reducing country’s carbon footprint. The solar energy has the potential to bridge the crucial energy gap especially in remote areas where access to conventional energy is difficult. From the consumer’s viewpoint, switching to solar energy will lead to reduction in burgeoning power bills.

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