India-based module manufacturer Sonali Solar is to complete the ramp up of its polycrystalline module manufacturing facility in Gujarat, India, from 50MW to 100MW within three weeks.
Sonali Solar president and chief executive Pankaj Desai told PV Tech last week that the company also plans to ramp up to 300MW by the end of this year or in Q1 2016.
The company has already purchased the new assembly line to produce its polycrystalline PV modules with a range between 3W to 320W. The Gujarat plant, which has been running for seven years, supplies modules to PV developers across India.
Sonali Solar also owns a 25MW module manufacturing facility in Michigan, which has been running for more than three years. The firm plans to expand the plant to 100MW once the Gujarat facility has reached 200-300MW.
Desai said: “The India market is getting more dynamic and we see a lot of demand coming up for Indian-made modules, as well as in US [where] we are getting much better market share through our distributor network.”
Indian manufacturers of solar equipment face tough conditions with the import of cheap modules from China dominating the Indian PV sector.
In an interview with PV Tech, published today, Desai discussed the World trade Organization’s (WTO) recent ruling against India in a long-standing trade case with the US over India’s domestic content requirement (DCR) for some projects under the National Solar Mission. Desai also discussed the delay of an investigation into alleged anti-dumping from Chinese companies.
In related news, domestic manufacturers claimed in July that cheap imported solar cells now account for 90% of the market and have therefore requested for a second time that the government enforce duties on the US, EU, China, Malaysia and Taiwan for dumping. A previous solar anti-dumping inquiry in India was thrown out.