No Obligation to Import Modules from China Amidst Coronavirus Epidemic: Power Minister

Speaking of substitute sources, he said the government was dynamically encouraging domestic manufacturing of solar equipment in India through several schemes such as M-SIPS, PM-KUSUM, CPSU Scheme, grid-connected rooftop solar program, and also tenders for setting up solar photovoltaic manufacturing facilities

March 04, 2020. By News Bureau

India’s solar industry is under no pressure to import solar cells or modules from China ensuing the coronavirus epidemic, power and new & renewable energy minister RK Singh has said.

“The solar industry is under no compulsion to import solar cells, modules and other equipment from China. They are free to meet their requirements either from the domestic market or alternative sources,” Singh said in a written reply in Parliament. He was responding to a question on whether the dangerous virus has affected India’s capability to surge clean energy capacity.

The country’s solar sector is a extremely import-dependent industry. Solar modules account for about 60 percent of a solar project’s cost and Chinese firms supply 80 percent of cells and modules used here.

Speaking of substitute sources, he said the government was dynamically encouraging domestic manufacturing of solar equipment in India through several schemes such as M-SIPS, PM-KUSUM, CPSU Scheme, grid-connected rooftop solar programme, and also tenders for setting up solar photovoltaic manufacturing facilities.

“The government has already clarified that disruption of supply chains due to the spread of coronavirus in China or any other country should be considered as a case of natural calamity and force majeure clause may be invoked, wherever considered appropriate, following the due procedure,” Singh further.

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