Silence from Indian solar importers


None of the 39 Indian solar companies decreed to have benefited by importing dumped solar cells and modules disputed the claim when asked by pv magazine.

Last week the Indian ministry of commerce recommended the imposition of a range of anti dumping duties on cells and modules imported from China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the U.S. during 2011 and the first half of 2012.

As part of the investigation, ministry officials identified 42 domestic solar companies – dismissing subsequent counter-claims of at least 90 Indian solar businesses – and wrote to them asking for details of any injury suffered from dumping and to obtain import prices.

When 39 of the 42 companies failed to respond, the ministry presumed the companies in question had stayed non-commital because they had imported dumped goods, rather than manufacturing them, and thus decided they should not be classed as part of the country's domestic solar manufacturing industry.

The three companies which did respond – Moser Baer Solar Ltd, Moser Baer Photo Voltaic and Tata BP Solar India Ltd – were also subsequently exluded from the definition after admitting they had imported dumped goods.

pv magazine emailed each of the 39 companies labelled importers to ask if they benefited by using dumped goods and to ask if they agreed they were not part of India's solar manufacturing industry and not one responded.

The companies in question are: Euro Multivision Ltd; Emmvee Solar Systems Pvt Ltd; HHV Solar Technologies Pvt Ltd; Green Brilliance Energy Pvt Ltd; Alpex Solar Pvt Ltd; Vikram Solar Pvt Ltd; Ajit Solar Pvt Ltd; PV Power Technologies Pvt Ltd; Solar Semiconductor Pvt Ltd; Lanco Infratech Ltd; Waaree Instruments Ltd; Evergreen Solar Systems India Pvt Ltd; Photonix Solar Pvt ltd; Goldi Green Technologies Pvt Ltd; Borosil Glass Works Ltd; Modern Solar Pvt Ltd; Topsun Energy Ltd; XL Energy Ltd; Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL); CEL; Maharishi Solar Technology; KL Solar; Kotak Urja Pvt. Ltd; Microsol; Photon Energy Systems; Photonix; PLG Power; Premier Solar Systems (P) Ltd; Rajasthan Electronics & Instruments Ltd; Reliance Industries Ltd; Shurjo; Surana Ventures; Titan Energy; UPV Solar – Udhaya Energy Photovoltaics Pvt Ltd; USL Photovoltaics PVT Ltd; and Yash Birla.

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