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India Denies Violating WTO Rules on Solar-Product Import

Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- India rejected a U.S. claim that it violated World Trade Organization rules on solar equipment purchases, said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary in the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.

India is set to begin talks with the U.S. over the complaint filed with the WTO, he said in New Delhi. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office complained that Indian law requires its solar-energy producers to use domestically manufactured solar cells and modules and gives subsidies to companies that use Indian equipment in preference to imports, according to an e-mailed statement from Washington.

The U.S. complaint was about India’s solar equipment purchase for 350 megawatts of capacity, Kapoor said. India is currently building 1,000 megawatts of solar power plants and is in the process of tendering for 2,000 megawatts more projects, he said. There are no restrictions on these capacities, he said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Archana Chaudhary in New Delhi at achaudhary2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sam Nagarajan at samnagarajan@bloomberg.net

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