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Reliance Industries plans to acquire solar module manufacturer REC Group

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) plans to acquire REC Group, a Norway-based solar module manufacturer, to concentrate on renewable energy. This is aligned as part of the company’s Rs 75,000 crore investment in clean energy.

Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said during the corporation’s 44th annual general meeting that the company would invest Rs 75,000 crore in sustainable energy over the next three years. He mentioned that RIL was developing the new energy business to address a green energy difference in India and overseas; with his announcement, RIL seeks to build Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex on 5,000 acres of land in Jamnagar. The project will include a mega plant integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

Image of RIL's MD and Chairman Mukesh Ambani planning to invest Rs 75,000 crore in sustainable energy

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The Norwegian solar module maker REC Group has a solar panel production capacity of 1.8 gigawatts (GW) per year and has installed approximately 10GW of capacity worldwide. REC Group has regional headquarters in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific and was founded in 1996. According to media reports, RIL’s spokesperson declined to “comment on media speculation and rumours.”

Considering India’s plans to build 175GW of sustainable energy infrastructure and 100 GW of solar by 2022. Chinese companies, such as Trina Solar Ltd, Jinko Solar, ET Solar, Chint Solar, and GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd., dominate the solar equipment industry. India currently contributes only 3GW of solar cell and 15GW of solar module manufacturing capacity.

Reliance Industries Ltd ambitions align with an Rs. 4,500 crore production linked incentive (PLI) initiative for solar photovoltaic module manufacturing to boost the country’s overall manufacturing capacity. The project intends to help add 10GW of capacity and attract nearly Rs 17,200 crore of direct investments. India also seeks to play a bigger part in the global supply chain and implement its emerging green energy industry to increase manufacturing.

From April 1, 2022, India will slap 40 percent of basic import taxes on solar modules and a 25 percent tariff on solar cells, making imports more expensive and encouraging local manufacturing. For government-sponsored initiatives, including projects from which distribution firms obtain power, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has also ordered an enforced list of certified Solar PhotoVoltaic models and module producers.

By 2030, India intends to have 450GW of renewable energy capacity. It now has 89.63GW of installed renewable energy capacity, with another 49.59GW being developed.

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