A preliminary recommendation from India’s Directorate General of Safeguards Customs and Central Excise to impose a provisional 70% safeguard duty on solar cells imported from China and Malaysia has been branded as “ridiculous” and potentially catastrophic, by PV industry members involved in finance, project development and analysis.
SB Energy, a joint venture between Softbank, Foxconn and Bharti Enterprises, has commissioned a 350MW solar plant at Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh, India, claiming it to be the world’s seventh largest PV plant.
Indian solar tariffs reached yet another new low yesterday with the Indian arm of French clean energy firm Solairedirect winning 250MW(ac) of capacity in Andhra Pradesh with a record bid of INR 3.15/kWh (US$0.0494).
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is to supply State Bank of India with a €200 million (US$214 million) 20-year loan to support €650 million of investments in five utility-scale solar PV projects in India.
India’s installed cell and module manufacturing capacity has reached 1,468MW and 5,848MW respectively as of 30 June 2016, according to figures released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).