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July 21, 2019

India plans solar wafer, ingot manufacturing tenders to cut Chinese imports

To check imports from China, India has imposed a basic customs duty on all imported solar cells, modules and inverters. This has created traction for firms to set up domestic manufacturing of solar cells and modules, India doesn’t have wafer and ingot manufacturing capacity

New Delhi: To set up the much-needed solar wafer and ingot capacity in the country, India plans to come out with tenders that may provide viability gap funding (VGF) to attract domestic manufacturers, said two people aware of the development.

Wafers and ingots are the building blocks for manufacturing solar cells and modules, and are essential to India’s clean energy plans. Globally, solar wafer and ingot manufacturing is dominated by China.

n an attempt to check imports from China as part of its economic strategy, India has imposed a basic customs duty (BCD) on all imported solar cells, modules and inverters. This has created traction for firms to set-up domestic manufacturing of solar cells and modules, but India doesn’t have wafer and ingot manufacturing capacity. The idea is to be present across the solar equipment manufacturing value chain—a task India hasn’t been successful at”

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