Despite consistent year-on-year growth in India’s solar and wind sectors, the year 2018/19 will see a substantial slowdown of -49% compared to the previous year, according to consultancy firm Bridge to India’s report ‘India RE Map-2018’.
Malaysia has requested consultations with India over its 25% safeguard duty on imports of solar cells and modules from developed countries, China and Malaysia, in a World Trade Organisation (WTO) filing dated 30 August.
India’s Ministry of Power (MOP) has sent a letter to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) asking it to accelerate the pass-through option in the case of any ‘change in law’ that affects power project costs, including the safeguard duty on solar imports.
China has filed a complaint at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the US’ 30% safeguard tariffs on solar imports as well as its renewable energy subsidies, claiming that they distort the global PV market – a move which comes as part of wider trade battle between the two global powers.
Ali Imran Naqvi, Vice President of India-based advisory and engineering firm, Gensol Group, explains why harm stemming from the Indian government's safeguard duty on solar cell and module imports might not be too pronounced nor too long-lived.
France-based floating solar specialist Ciel & Terre has launched a new subsidiary in the Indian city of Bangalore, a new manufacturing line in Maharashtra, and is set to deliver floats to its first 5MW project in West Bengal.
Gyanesh Chaudhary, MD and CEO of Indian module manufacturer Vikram Solar, discusses how China's solar policy overhaul impacts India's PV market, how India's domestic manufacturing industry should be supported, and what needs to change in the recent Safeguard Duty announcement.
The Indian Finance Ministry’s order imposing a safeguard duty for two years on solar imports from developed countries as well as China and Malaysia has brought long-awaited clarity to both manufacturers and developers, but both segments of the industry have a number of fears.