Indosolar Ltd., India’s largest solar cellmaker by capacity, won a 60-megawatt order under a program that’s drawn a U.S. complaint at the World Trade Organization.
Azure Power India Pvt., a developer backed by the International Finance Corp., will use the cells in two solar power projects awarded in a February auction that must be built using locally made equipment, according to an e-mailed statement from Indosolar today. Chief Executive Officer Inderpreet Wadhwa didn’t respond to an e-mail and phone call seeking confirmation of the order.
India has required about 10 percent of new photovoltaic projects in the past year to use domestically made solar cells and modules. Washington lodged a complaint at the WTO, calling the rule an “unfair barrier to U.S. exports.”
The rule is intended to help domestic solar manufacturers, which idled 70 percent of their capacity in the past few years, unable to compete in a global market during a four-year supply glut. Separately, India’s Ministry of Commerce & Industry on May 22 recommended anti-dumping duties ranging from 11 cents to 81 cents per watt on solar imports from the U.S., China, Malaysia and Taiwan.
New Delhi-based Indosolar will start up 200 megawatts of production and complete installation of an additional 250 megawatts in manufacturing capacity by the end of this year, it said today. Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd., another domestic maker, expanded production capacity last month.