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.
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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.