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Forced labour in Xinjiang behind global supply of solar panels: Investigation

The global production of solar panels depends upon forced labour from Uyghurs Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province, an investigation shows. A study conducted by United Kingdom’s Sheffield Hallam University said Chinese “labour transfers” in the northwest Xinjian region, where the Chinese government has been accused of committing genocide, is deployed in “an environment of unprecedented […]

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China brought about 40 GW of new solar power into operation in 2020

China has brought about 40 gigawatts (GW) of new solar power into operation in 2020, taking its total installed solar capacity to 240 GW, its solar manufacturing association said on Thursday. China’s total solar capacity had increased more than fivefold since 2015 and could double in the next five years, said Wang Bohua, vice-chairman of […]

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China’s solar glass shortage expected to persist through first half of 2021

A shortage of solar glass which is already crimping China’s solar panel output is expected to persist through the first half of 2021, with large format glass in short supply for longer, panel makers and analysts say. Driven by growing preference for bifacial modules – which produce power from both sides of the panel – […]

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JA Solar’s ultimate owner and chairman Jin Baofang detained in China

JA Solar’s ultimate owner and chairman Jin Baofang detained. He has been detained by local government officials in Pingdu City, China. JA Solar said the Pingdu Supervisory Committee had detained its chairman and was under investigation according to the Supervision Law of the People’s Republic of China. The company said it has no knowledge of […]

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Change in Law payments lead to INR 4K crore cash inflow for solar sector: CRISIL

Recent commencement of Change in Law payments by state power distribution companies (discoms) and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for Goods and Services Tax (GST) to solar power projects, comes as a shot in the arm for the sector. Together with safeguard duty (SFD) reimbursements, which also qualify under ‘Change in Law’, the payments will […]

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Solar equipment imports down 83 percent even before govt checks

The Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a severe blow to India’s solar equipment imports from China, even before various government initiatives to check imports and boost domestic manufacturing set in. As per Commerce Ministry data, Indian imports declined by 83 per cent in the April-June quarter of current fiscal, totalling $69 million (Rs 515 crore) as […]

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To check Chinese imports wind sector too will get Solar-like duty structure

Following curbs on import concessions in the solar energy sector, the government may levy higher taxes on wind turbine components and generators to encourage use of local equipment and give a boost to domestic manufacturing. Government sources said that the tax concessions available to the wind power sector for sourcing certain equipment required for making […]

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India’s World Solar Bank initiative: Here is what you should know

Amid the India, China standoff the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is planning to set up World Solar Bank, and launch a major funding initiative in a bid to strengthen international solar diplomacy. The ministry will soon propose the government to set up the World Solar Bank. The intention behind setting up this unique […]

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Safeguard duty on import of solar cells and modules to continue

The Director General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in the commerce ministry has favoured continued imposition of safeguard duty on imports of solar cells, whether or not assembled in modules or panels. The DGTR’s recommendation will now go to the finance ministry that may finally decide and notify the quantum and period of the duty. In […]

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Ladakh solar project bid may see first Indian action against Chinese solar firms

Recent border conflict between India and China in the Ladakh region is now setting the ground for a first set of restrictions that India proposes to impose on imports from the Asian giant. Sources said that efforts were on at the official level to explore ways of denying Chinese firms from participating in the bids […]

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