JA Solar will establish a 500MW cell and module plant in India, it has been confirmed.

The agreement with Essel Infraprojects Limited (EIL) was briefly mentioned in the company’s quarterly results earlier this month. It was signed a few days prior at the India-China Business Forum in Shanghai, a trade mission led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Solar was well represented at the high-profile meeting, which resulted in US$22 billion of investment.

Trina Solar also agreed a 500MW cell and 500MW module production joint venture with India’s Welspun renewables at the same event. Canadian Solar has also been linked with establishing manufacturing capacity in the country.

As well as placing solar at the heart of his energy policy, Modi is also pushing domestic manufacturing through the Make in India initiative.

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