US, EU Countries on the List of 25% Solar Safeguard Duty Recommended by India’s DGTR

US, EU Countries on the List of 25% Solar Safeguard Duty Recommended by India’s DGTR

The United States, the European Union, and other developed countries will be on the receiving end of the 25 percent safeguard duty if the Government of India accepts the recommendations ...
DGTR Recommends 25% Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports

25% Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports to India Recommended

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has recommended a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar cell imports from China and Malaysia for the first year, followed by a phased ...
Domestic Manufacturers Ask for 95% Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Panels

Domestic Manufacturers Ask for 95% Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Panels

The growth of India’s solar sector is being hampered by the proposed safeguard duty. Earlier this year, more than 2 GW of planned solar tenders were postponed across the three ...
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Oversubscribed by 4 Times, Odisha’s 200 MW Solar Tender Receives Massive Response

Solar Installations in India Increased 34% to 3.3 GW in Q1 2018

Indian solar market had its best quarter ever with 3,269 MW of solar installed in Q1 2018 according to Mercom India Research’s newly released Q1 2018 India Solar Market Update ...
Indian Solar Exports to the US to Incur 25% Safeguard Duty From June 5

Public Hearing on Safeguard Duty Investigation of Solar Imports Set for June 26, 2018

The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR), a body formed under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, will hold a public hearing on the ongoing investigation in the case of ...
India to Not Levy Provisional Safeguard Duty of 70 Percent on Solar Imports for Now

India to Not Levy ‘Provisional’ Safeguard Duty of 70 Percent on Solar Imports for Now

Module suppliers can heave a sigh of relief for now as they will not have to pay the 'provisional' Safeguard Duty of 70 percent for a period of 200 days ...
India’s Safeguard Duty Investigation Draws Criticism at WTO

India’s Safeguard Duty Investigation Draws Criticism at WTO

The recommendation to impose safeguard duty on solar imports to India and the ongoing investigation faced criticism at the recently-held meeting of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) safeguard committee. The ...
Update: MNRE Clarifications on Change in Law for Solar Projects

Update: MNRE Clarifications on Change in Law for Solar Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently issued a clarification on the August 2017 guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process for  grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. However, ...
Lack of Clarity in Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

Lack of Clarity on Safeguard Duty Pass-Through Option is Stifling Solar Project Development

The current widespread sentiment in the country’s solar industry is that of discontent and uncertainty, with sprinkles of hope. While the government’s ambitious solar trajectory is inching closer to its ...
GUVNL Cancels Recently Held 500 MW Solar Auction Citing High Tariffs

GUVNL Cancels Recently Held 500 MW Solar Auction Citing High Tariffs

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has scrapped the recently conducted auction for the development of  500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the state. According to ...
Madras High Court Asks Customs to Clear Solar Modules Without Paying Safeguard Duty

Madras High Court Dismisses Petition Filed Against Levy of Safeguard Duty

The Madras High Court has dismissed the writ petition filed by domestic project developer Shapoorji & Pallonji against the levy of 70 percent safeguard duty for 200 days as prescribed ...
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Interview: Government Should Strike the Right Balance When it Comes to Safeguard Duty

Interview: Government Should Strike the Right Balance When it Comes to Safeguard Duty

The domestic solar sector is in need of help, but the recommendation to impose a 70 percent safeguard duty, in all likelihood, is going to roil the sector, according to ...
Odisha Tenders 200 MW of Solar Projects with Pass Through Option for Duties

Odisha Tenders 200 MW of Solar Projects with Pass Through Option for Duties

The Grid Corporation of Odisha (GRIDCO) has tendered 200 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed in Odisha. The bid-submission deadline is April 29, 2018. For the ...
DGAD Initiates Anti-Dumping Investigation into Solar EVA Sheet Imports

Indian Solar Imports Witnessed 43% Increase While Exports Grew by 16% in 2017

In calendar year (CY) 2017, the Indian solar sector imported solar modules and cells totaling nearly $4.12 billion (~₹269 billion), a 43 percent increase from the $2.88 billion (~₹194 billion) ...
Planned Solar Bidding Rules Amendment Would Allow Pass Through of Safeguard Duty

Planned Solar Bidding Rules Amendment Would Allow Pass Through of Safeguard Duty

The bidding guidelines for grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the country may soon be amended to give bidders a way to nullify the effects of a potential safeguard duty ...
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Safeguard Duty Case Update: Parties to Provide Written Submissions to Madras High Court

Safeguard Duty Case Update: Parties to Provide Written Submissions to Madras High Court

The Madras High Court has asked domestic project developer Shapoorji Pallonji and the Office of the Director General (DG) of Safeguards to submit written statements on the ongoing safeguard duty ...
Over 2 GW of Solar Tenders Postponed Due to Uncertainty Around Safeguard Duty

Over 2 GW of Solar Tenders Postponed Due to Uncertainty Around Safeguard Duty

More than 2 GW of planned solar tenders have been postponed across three Indian states recently as bidders have been deterred by the ongoing uncertainty around proposed duties on critical ...
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Madras High Court Postpones Safeguard Duty Hearing to March 2, 2018

Madras High Court Postpones Safeguard Duty Hearing to March 2, 2018

The Safeguard Duty case in the Madras High Court will continue to be dragged on for some more time. According to Mercom’s sources in the court, the Madras High Court ...
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DISCOMs Could Look to Coal if Solar Tariffs Go Over ₹3.50/kWh Because of Safeguard Duty

DISCOMs Could Look to Coal if Solar Tariffs Go Over ₹3.50/kWh Because of Safeguard Duty

The proposed 70 percent provisional safeguard duty on solar imports, if levied, has the potential to reverse India’s solar growth trajectory and send the wrong signal to the investment community ...
Madras High Court Puts a Temporary Stay on Levy of Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports

Madras High Court Puts Temporary Stay on Levy of Safeguard Duty on Solar Imports

The Madras High Court has put a temporary stay on the recommendation to levy a 70 percent safeguard duty on the import of solar components to India. The stay order ...
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70% Provisional Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Cells

Directorate General Recommends 70% Provisional Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Cells

In a preliminary finding, the Directorate General of Safeguards Customs and Central Excise has recommended a 70 percent safeguard duty on solar cells imported from China and Malaysia for a ...
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ISMA Files Petition Seeking Imposition of Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Cells

ISMA Files Petition Seeking Imposition of Safeguard Duty on Imported Solar Cells

The Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) has filed a petition with the Directorate General of Safeguards that seeks to impose a Safeguard Duty on imported solar cells from China, Malaysia, ...
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