Foreign PV kit dodges India ban

A 5MW PV plant in Rajasthan, where many developers are likely to focus

A 5MW PV plant in Rajasthan, where many developers are likely to focus

India has confirmed that its upcoming PV tender will reserve a separate pool of projects for which developers will be required to use domestically-made kit – a decision that amounts to a victory for foreign suppliers.

When the National Solar Mission (NSM) was launched several years ago, Delhi indicated it would steadily step up the local-content requirements for all PV projects. (Thin-film modules represented a key initial exception.)

However, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has confirmed that rather than applying the domestic-content rules across the full 750MW of capacity it is expected to put to tender next month – the first batch within Phase 2 – it will instead carve out a separate tranche of projects which will be required to Log in to read complete article.

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