India Drafts Up 16 Solar WTO Suits Against USA

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

India Plans To Files 16 WTO Cases Against US Over Domestic Solar Content Usage

Stung by the February 2016 judgement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that India’s rules over use of domestically manufactured solar power equipment violate international trade rules, the government of India is planning to file counter cases against the US.

India’s Minister for New and Renewable Energy has announced intent to file as many as 16 cases against the US for mandating project developers to use domestically manufactured solar power equipment. The Indian government will reportedly be targeting policies followed by some US states.

India’s intention to promote Indian manufacturing of solar power equipment hit a roadblock after the WTO ruled, for a second time, in February against the government’s policy to mandate the use of India-made solar power equipment for a set amount of capacity offered in the auctions.

While the Indian government significantly reduced the share of capacity that would use Indian modules, the US seems unsatisfied. During the first Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) auction under the National Solar Mission, as much as 50% of the offered capacity was reserved under said provisions. That percentage has dropped considerably in subsequent auctions.

When the current government took office it refused to levy anti-dumping duties on imported modules despite repeated pleas from the domestic manufacturers.

The Indian government reportedly also offered a compromise ahead of the February judgement. According to media reports, the government stated that that DCR projects shall be restricted to only government-owned companies and entities, like NTPC Limited, Coal India Limited, Indian Railways, and the Indian Defence Forces.

With no compromise achieved, the Indian government is now looking to up the ante with counter complaints at the WTO.

Image by E. Murray (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

CleanTechnica Holiday Wish Book

Holiday Wish Book Cover

Click to download.

Our Latest EVObsession Video

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.

Guest Contributor

We publish a number of guest posts from experts in a large variety of fields. This is our contributor account for those special people, organizations, agencies, and companies.

Guest Contributor has 4313 posts and counting. See all posts by Guest Contributor

4 thoughts on “India Drafts Up 16 Solar WTO Suits Against USA

  • It is typical for the US to criticize others for what they are doing themselves.

  • I hope Inda can clean up its act with this solar project, it seems wonderful.

  • WTO needs to be shut down. This may be the first herald of the death of the WTO. Countries are getting tired of the US saying “open your markets to us, but we won’t open our markets to you”.

  • Does the US restrict sources to US manufacturers other than military applications?

    I suspect the Indian government is just making noise for local consumption….

Comments are closed.