Anti-Dumping case splits Indian Solar Power Industry into two
The anti-dumping case against solar cell imports has split the domestic clean-technology industry into two with solar power producers and domestic solar cell manufacturers at loggerheads. Opposing any dumping duty on solar cell imports, solar power producers say such a move will push the cost of solar power even as domestic cell makers say investigation by the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping (DGAD) found enough prima facie evidence of dumped imports hurting the domestic industry. The first hearing of the case, chaired by officials from the ministry of commerce, was held on Thursday. There were more than 100 participants, including three petitioners and around 12 respondents from the US, China, Malaysia and Taiwan. Rest of the participants were ‘affected parties’, which included solar power project developers, EPC contractors, glassmakers and electric cable manufacturers. Power producers alleged that domestic manufacturers do not have enough scale to meet project developers’ requirement yet.