Domestic solar equipment makers running plants at 30% capacity; reforms, tariff safeguards needed

Industry body All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA) has urged Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh that structural safeguards and tariff-based barriers are needed for domestic manufacturing to gain a foothold and establish itself. The body highlighted that the (solar equipment) “domestic manufacturers run their plants at 30 per cent capacities and incur huge unbearable losses.”

In the letter shot off to Singh earlier this week, the body stated that “having been hopeful of a revival in the last decade and after surviving strong headwinds, we are passing through even more difficult times where our survival is at stake and without a robust local ‘Make in India’ Solar manufacturing, the security of India’s energy sector is in peril.”

It urged that for domestic manufacturing to gain a foothold & establish itself, it is imperative that there are structural safeguards (ALMM-Approved List of Models and Manufacturers) and tariff-based barriers (BCD/ SGD etc. basic custom duty, safeguard duty) besides production-linked incentives for 4 to 5 years before these are tapered-off gradually.

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