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India Wins Trade Dispute With U.S. Over Solar-Panel Incentives

  • U.S. imposes unfair domestic content requirements, WTO says
  • Either U.S. or India may lodge an appeal in the next 60 days
Employees place a solar panel into a box at a manufacturing plant in Bangalore, India.

Employees place a solar panel into a box at a manufacturing plant in Bangalore, India.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A series of U.S. renewable energy incentives violated international trade rules, according to the World Trade Organization, threatening to stoke tensions between the two countries as President Donald Trump prepares to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday.

The WTO supported most of India’s allegations that the U.S. imposed illegal domestic content requirements that favored domestic products in the renewable energy sector, according to a ruling published on the Geneva-based organization’s website Thursday.