Saturday, May 19, 2012

India’s Largest Solar Program Won’t Follow Federal Import Curbs

India’s largest solar power program in Gujarat state won’t follow the lead of the central government in imposing restrictions on imports of equipment for projects.

“We don’t want to link manufacturing with generation,” D.J. Pandian, Gujarat’s principal energy secretary, said in an interview. “There will be no requirement of local content.”

The central government ruled projects in its Solar Mission program must buy panels and cells locally, sparking a protest from U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sanchez, who said it’s an “unfair trade practice.” Japan and the European Union have also taken Canada to the World Trade Organization over similar provisions in Ontario’s program.

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