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India Says 71% of Solar Capacity Built Using Imported Modules

According to reports, more than 70 percent of the 551 megawatts of solar capacity installed in India since the start of its National Solar Mission has been built using imported modules, the government said today.

India has built 391 megawatts under central government programs using imported cells and modules over the last three years, Minister Farooq Abdullah told the parliament today.

India last month rejected claims by U.S. suppliers that it had violated World Trade Organization rules on equipment imports. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office filed a complaint to the WTO claiming that Indian law requires its solar-energy producers to use domestically manufactured solar cells and modules and gives subsidies to companies that use Indian equipment in preference to imports.

India is building 1,000 megawatts of solar plants and is tendering for 2,000 megawatts more, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary in the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, said on Feb. 7.

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