Domestic solar manufacturers unhappy over lack of support from govt and domestic developers

All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA), on behalf of domestic solar manufacturers have highlighted the lack of support from the government and the domestic developers in a press note.

The note emphasised that even though the government has announced several policies to support the players, domestic solar manufacturing continues to suffer.

The reason for this according to the note is the spread of misinformation around competency and quality, promoting import of Chinese modules without duty, and continued efforts to scuttle implementation of structural measures and tariffs.

Unfortunately, the industry body said that India still continues to be heavily import dependent and a dumping ground for foreign manufacturers.

“The PLI scheme would save significant foreign exchange while maintaining a tapering structure of benefits for the local players to become self-sufficient over five years, we have also witnessed ‘Make in India’ being strictly opposed due to vested interests such as pricing wherein developers have set an expectation of procuring high quality solar panels at cheap pricing,” the AISA note.

Further the note added that the domestic manufacturers under AISIA agree that there are myths such as limited manufacturing capacity, even though India has always had more manufacturing capacity than deployment in the country. Even during the last three financial years, the deployment is below the manufacturing capacity.

“We request for immediate and urgent intervention to thwart any such nefarious moves from those interested in dumping Chinese imports, leading to grave consequences, including most units turning to NPA and some might even nosedive to bankruptcy,” said the note. AISIA has also requested the government for timely implementation of basic customs duty and to award the production-linked incentive scheme to waitlisted players, and to maintain the sanctity of the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers order of 13 January 2022 which expands Domestic content requirements for even open access and non-subsidy projects. 

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