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Indian solar manufacturers 'mount second anti-dumping bid'

India’s solar manufacturing industry has launched another bid to have duties levied on imports, reports from the country said.

The Indian Solar Manufacturers’ Association (ISMA) has formally asked its government to consider action against imports from China, the EU, the US, Taiwan and Malaysia, said the Business Standard financial newspaper.

The request for anti-dumping duties and other trade remedies comes against surging demand in India as the country chases ambitious renewable energy goals set by the government of Narendra Modi – a target of 100GW by 2022 in the case of PV, which is supposed to add 12GW in 2016-17 alone.

The latest call comes exactly a year after India’s finance ministry decided not to impose duties on foreign cells and modules – despite an earlier probe finding that foreign competition had harmed India’s domestic producers.

That decision – apparently motivated by fears that the local industry would be incapable of meeting the country's explosive demand – was condemned by ISMA.

According to the Business Standard, ISMA’s letter states: "It is very apparent that exporters from these countries are taking benefit of this non-imposition and have once again intensified the dumping, and if it is not curbed the same can lead to a complete annihilation of Indian production of solar cells."

It is not immediately clear what has changed in the last 12 months that would lead the government to take a different approach, analysts said.

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