In March 2013, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) announced that the total solar PV module manufacturing capacity in India touched 2000 MW. While the 2GW landmark appears to be significant, it pales in comparison to the production capacity in China. According to IHS, the world’s top PV supplier in 2012, Yingli of China, alone shipped 2300 MW of PV modules.
Recently, I wrote an article for Intersolar India about the status of Solar PV Manufacturing in India.The impact of the domestic content requirement in the JNNSM on the Batch 1 and Batch 2 of the JNNSM is examined and the skew towards imported thin films is highlighted. The article looks at some of the hot button issues like Domestic Content Requirement, Anti-Dumping Investigations against imported modules and the issue of trade protectionism across the globe. Some of the structural challenges faced by the Indian manufacturers are also briefly highlighted.
The article can be read here.
I also had the opportunity to conduct an interview with Dr. Juzer Vazi, India Research Thrust Leader, SERIIUS (Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the USA). SERIIUS is one of three Joint Clean Energy R&D Centers (JCERDC) set up as a part of the US-India “Partnership to Advance Clean Energy” (PACE) launched by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama. To learn more about the activities of SERIIUS, you can read the interview here.
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