SEIA’s staff, Trade Committee chairman, and Trade Counsel will give member companies an update on the latest developments with the U.S. – India and U.S. – China trade disputes involving the solar industry. Last week, the U.S. scored a major victory at the World Trade Organization against India’s domestic content requirements for PV solar projects in India. India has subsequently begun their own WTO case against several American state programs that favor solar products made within their state boundaries. The U.S. government will begin a review of some of the tariffs imposed on imported Chinese panels and cells beginning in 2017.
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A World Trade Organization (WTO) appellate body issued a report today affirming the United States victory in the U.S. challenge to India’s “localization” rules, which discriminated against imported solar cells and modules under India’s National Solar Mission.
A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel ruled in favor of the United States today in the U.S. challenge to India's "localization" rules discriminating against imported solar cells and modules under India's National Solar Mission.
WASHINGTON, DC - Calling it “justified and necessary,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today, supporting the U.S. government’s decision to move forward with its World Trade Organization (WTO) case against India:
The Solar Energy Industries Association has joined the U.S.
Local content provisions are used to boost domestic manufacturing and jobs by requiring that a certain percentage of local goods and services are used in renewable energy projects to be eligible for government support.
Local content provisions are generally considered trade-distorting measures and are prohibited under the rules of the WTO. Local content provisions inhibit the free flow of solar products and disadvantage foreign producers who wish to benefit from government programs by effectively blocking out their imports.