Anand Kumar, the secretary of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to its domestic PV manufacturers and said the country “must now concentrate on manufacturing” if it is to become a force in renewable energy.
Kumar’s comments at the REI Expo in Delhi came at a time when many feel anti-dumping duties against cell and module imports from China, Taiwan and Malaysia are likely to be brought in. There is also a threat of safeguard duties being imposed upfront.
While, Kumar’s speech gave weight to the domestic manufacturing cause, he did also admit that India’s PV manufacturing is far too “modest” right now to meet its downstream needs. However, he also drew an ominous contrast to Indian wind manufacturing, which he said accounts for around 75-80% of its industry. There are even plans to upscale this proportion to 90-95% in the next two or three years. Chinese module suppliers, on the other hand, account for more than 80% of the Indian solar market.
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