Said AISIA General Secretary Gyanesh Chaudhary, “The SEZ units are treated on par with foreign manufacturers and any Safeguard Duty will be detrimental to the Indian solar industry as a whole.”
AISIA made a case for anti-dumping duty on imports from China which is flooding the Indian market with its cheap solar modules, making domestic industry non-viable. “India has 3.1 GW of installed capacity of solar cells out of which 2 GW, more than 60 per cent, is situated in SEZs. Out of 8.3 GW of solar module making facilities, 3.8 GW are situated in SEZs. Indigenous makers situated in SEZ will come under the ambit of any blanket duty that will be imposed on solar cells and modules which will make them non-competitive,” he said.