Vikram Solar Opposes Dumping Duties as Manufacturer Split

Vikram Solar Pvt., an Indian panel maker, has opposed a government recommendation to impose dumping duties intended to protect local manufacturers.

“Anti-dumping duties will be disastrous for the country,” Kolkata-based Vikram, which has 150 megawatts of annual panel-making capacity, said in an e-mailed statement.

The proposed levies would make it unviable to import Chinese solar cells, forcing Indian panel makers “to source poor efficiency and low reliability domestic solar cells,” it said.

Tariffs to protect cell manufacturers could end up causing module makers to idle plants, according to the statement.

The Ministry of Commerce & Industry in May recommended anti-dumping duties from 11 cents to 81 cents a watt on U.S., Chinese, Malaysian and Taiwanese panels. The Finance Ministry has until Aug. 22 to decide whether to implement the recommendation.

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