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ENERGETICA INDIA WTO, India and US: View from Indian Stakeholders India’s rules on Domestic Content Requirement DCR have not found favour with the United States. A recent ruling from World Trade Organization WTO went against India. Energetica India speaks to Indian stakeholders to better understand what they think are the next steps and what exactly is needed to boost the Indian solar industry The United States has recently won a ruling against India at the World Trade Organization with the US challenging the Indian solar rules on domestic requirements- rules on the origin of solar cells and solar modules used in India’s national solar power program. The United States complained to the WTO in 2013 about the Indian solar program. US claimed that the requirement of domestic manufactured cells and modules went against WTO rules on discriminating against imports. Due to this rule, the US claims that it’s solar export to India went down by 90%. The Indian government had announced the DCR Domestic Content Requirement for solar cells and solar modules. US argued that the DCR violated Article III: 4 of the GATT 1994, Article 2.1 of the Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMs) Agreement; and, Articles 3.1(b), 3.2, 5(c), 6.3(a) and (c), and 25 of the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM) Agreement. The WTO ruling was repeatedly delayed as the India and US tried to negotiate a settlement ENERGETICA INDIA: What kind of commercial impact will we see on the Indian Solar Industry with this decision of WTO? Mr. Pankaj Desai: Definitely, it will have an impact on Indian Solar Industry. Indian Solar manufacturers will not be able to grow as expected. International manufacturers are very dominant in the market and SPEAKING TO... with incentives or subsidies benefit from their home government has become very tough to deal. Mr. Rahul Gupta: This will have a long term impact on Indian solar industry which is heavily dependent upon imported equipments. Chinese Tier1 module manufactures offer quality products and cheaper than domestic manufactures but this comes with risk of over reliance upon import equipments. No industry can sustain on imported equipments on long. In the short term, there won’t be any commercial impact on the Indian solar industry Mr. Vineet Mittal: The current DCR rules allot a very small percentage of the total Mr. Pankaj Desai President and CEO, Sonali Solar Mr. Rahul Gupta Managing Director, Rays Experts Mr. Vineet Mittal Director, Navitas Green Solutions Private Limited Mr. Prasad Chaporkar Head – Marketing, Waaree Energies Ltd SOLAR POWER 18 energética INDIA · MAR | APR16


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