Solar imports

Pakistan Solar Association Wants Govt to Allow $800m for Solar Imports

At a time when Pakistan is facing acute power outages and the renewable energy sector posting sluggish growth, the Pakistan Solar Association (PSA) has requested the Power Ministry of Pakistan to allow the import of solar panels and other solar equipment. The PSA has asked for an annual limit of $800 million for the solar […]

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Predictably, Government Shuts Loophole For Concessional Import Of Solar Modules

In a move that many felt was widely anticipated, but where the delay on acting had given rise to hopes too, the government has finally moved to shut down the option of importing solar modules using a provision in the Project Import Regulations, 1986 that allowed complete power plants to be imported at concessional rates. […]

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US probe into solar imports threatens almost 2/3 of planned capacity additions in 2022: Rystad Energy

As much as 17.5 gigawatts (GWac) of planned US solar capacity installations in 2022 are in doubt after the Department of Commerce (DOC) opened an investigation into panel imports from southeast Asia, Norway-based Rystad Energy research shows. The US was expected to install 27 GWac of solar energy capacity in the utility, residential, and commercial […]

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Solar Cell Imports Close to Double in First 9 Months of 2021-22: R.K Singh

New & Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh informed Parliament that the imports of solar cells in the April-January 2021-22 period were of $3,447 million which is a huge growth from the corresponding period of the last fiscal and most imports were from China. In terms of rupees the imports will come to around Rs 26,000 […]

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AISIA Warns of Stockpiling of Solar Equipment, Seeks Safeguards

Industry body AISIA, or the All India Solar Manufacturers Association, has warned yet again of the dangers facing India’s domestic manufacturers. In a letter to the MNRE minister, the AISIA states that domestic manufacturers have been operating at 30% capacity, and the situation places at risk thousands of jobs in India. Almost 125 manufacturing units […]

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US Solar Developers Warn Of Threat to Solar From Import Duties

A strong pushback has started in the US, on the threat of import duties from countries in South East Asia, especially Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. A letter on behalf of 190 companies, primarily developers, contractors and financiers warns that punitive duties, if applied, would risk jeopardising almost 18 GW of Solar projects in the US, […]

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In Boost to US, WTO Rules Against China On Solar Tariffs Dispute

The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China over tariffs on solar panels that were imposed by the previous American administration on imports from China. The tariffs had been slapped on in January 2018 by the Trump administration, setting off a chain of events that continues […]

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Domestic Solar Manufacturers Collateral Damage In Tussle Between Govt And SC

The ongoing tussle between the union government and the Supreme Court, where the apex court has repeatedly expressed its displeasure at the slow pace of filling of vacancies in courts, and lately in tribunals too, has come back to hurt solar manufacturers. Of course, for the sector as a whole, this is not the first […]

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40% on Modules & 25% on Cells, MNRE to Impose BCD From April 1, 2022

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has finally finalised the new Basic Customs Duty (BCD) on solar PV cells and modules. As per an office memorandum, the Ministry is going to impose a 25 percent BCD on solar PV cells and 40 percent duty on solar modules without grandfathering of bid-out projects. However, […]

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