June 27 (Renewables Now) - The Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) says 70% is not an adequate level for a safeguard duty on solar cell imports into India, while Chinese representatives warn that introducing duties would threaten the country's clean energy targets.
The Directorate General of Trade Remedies held a public hearing regarding the safeguard measure on Tuesday. Stakeholders are now invited to file additional comments and rejoinder by July 2.
The Hindu Business Line yesterday cited an ISMA official as saying that the association previously sought a 95% safeguard duty. It believes that a duty of 70% is inadequate. ISMA is observing a rise in solar cell and module imports into India, especially from China, according to the report.
From the start of June, China drastically cut support for new solar projects, which is expected to result in severe oversupply. China is already the main source of solar modules used in Indian projects.
A proposal for a safeguard duty of 70% for 200 days was presented in early January, after an investigation confirmed that photovoltaic (PV) product imports cause or threaten to cause serious injury to domestic manufacturers in India. The Directorate General of Safeguards, Customs and Central Excise, at the time called for the immediate imposition of a provisional safeguard duty in order to prevent further serious injury.
Business Line on Tuesday said Taiwanese representatives have argued that the levels of injury in India need to be specified before any valid duty can be imposed. The Chinese embassy has warned that a safeguard duty would hurt India’s renewable energy goals.