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U.S. Trade Officials File Case Over India's Solar Program

Feb 7, 2013
Source: 
(The Hill)

U.S. trade officials filed a case against India arguing that their government's solar program favors their own products and discriminates against imports from the United States.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced Wednesday that the United States is asking the World Trade Organization (WTO) to begin to dispute settlement consultations over India's three-year-old national solar program, which they contend is requiring solar companies to buy only Indian-made solar products while offering subsidies to companies that make those purchases.

On top of requirements to purchase solar cells and modules made in India, the government has said it is considering expanding the scope of the domestic content requirements further to include solar thin film technologies, which make up the majority of U.S. solar exports to India.