NEW DELHI: The recent case by the US government inWTO against the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission(JNNSM) has created rift in the Indian solar industry. While the solar cell manufacturers stand by the government’s decision to back the industry, the power project developers are in chorus with the exporters and foreign cells makers citing decreasing cost of solar power as the reason to import cheap cells.
“The case is not justified as this is a government procurement programme and WTO guidelines don’t cover that. Apart from that, more than 80 per cent of the projected demand is there for imported content,” said Ajay Goel, chief executive officer, Tata Power Solar.
The US government filed a case in WTO for the second time against JNNSM on Monday. It has argued that the mission underlines compulsion for the power developers to use locally made equipments. “This is the US pushing its agenda to protect its domestic industry. Government of India is doing the same and is absolutely right in doing so. We do not think it will have any impact whatsoever,” said Vivek Chaturvedi, chief marketing officer, Moser Baer.