Indian Solar Manufacturing Association (ISMA) General Secretary, HR Gupta speaks to pv magazine about the petition filed by ISMA for safeguarding the domestic manufacturing sector. Gupta seeks to alleviate doubts regarding the safeguard duty and justifies the upcoming tariff by stressing that no derailment of projects will happen.
This week’s World Future Energy Summit (WFES) saw a letter of intent inked at the International Solar Alliance’s (ISA’s) pavilion to secure financing of up to US$5 billion with India’s YES Bank by 2030. MNRE head, R.K. Singh also announced a $350 million solar development fund by the Indian Government for solar projects.
Clarification on India’s solar domestic content requirement (DCR) under the country’s National Solar Mission has been made by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), after the U.S. again dragged India to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for non-compliance.
The European Union as well as Brazil, China and Japan indicate their support for India in the WTO dispute against the U.S. Consensus appears to be that trade retaliatory measures are unjustified. The DSB chair concluded by noting the matter has been referred to arbitration in line.
The Indian government has introduced a number of subsidies under various categories of solar projects, from big PV parks to small rooftop and off-grid installations, in order to achieve its 100 GW solar target by 2022. The current status of the subsidies are summarized below.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India has postponed the 2 GW PV project tender until further notice. The company has also extended the deadline for expression of interest for setting up the solar manufacturing plant in India until January 29.
According to reports, India is planning to impose a 7.5% tax on imported solar PV modules.
The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has issued a request for proposals for solar PV rooftop demonstration projects in member countries under its Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model. The aim is to promote solar among ISA member countries.