The Commerce Ministry has recommended levying anti-dumping duty on solar cells imported from the U.S., Malaysia, China and Chinese Taipei, a move that would provide relief to struggling domestic manufacturers. Concluding the one-and-a-half year long probe into allegations that cheap solar cells are being dumped into India, the Ministry has suggested restrictive duty in the range of $0.11 to 0.81 per watt. The notification to impose anti-dumping duty is likely to be issued by the new government, which will assume office after swearing in of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on May 26.
The Delhi Solar Policy promises a generation-based incentive for domestic consumers taking to rooftop solar power plants, the government plans to keep a minimum eligibility criterion for households to avail themselves of the scheme. Besides, it has proposed to offer the incentive on a first-cum-first-served basis.
According to the policy which is ready but awaiting the Chief Minister’s approval, consumers will get a generation-based incentive of Rs. 2 per unit of solar power generated from a domestic rooftop. The minimum eligibility criterion for the scheme has been prescribed at 1,000 units (kWh) per annum per kW.
India will soon witness a new government in control. Among the multitude of burning issues, the new government will have to face the challenge of a growing energy crisis. It will require extraordinary effort, innovative vision and viable solutions to tackle the increasing demand for energy, while maintaining an eco-friendly approach. Energy commodities comprise gas, oil, coal, renewable energy and electricity.