PM’s Push For Solar Power Days After Centre’s Move On Imports From China

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PM’s Push For Solar Power Days After Centre’s Move On Imports From China


PM Narendra Modi opened Rewa solar project in Madhya Pradesh that has three generating units

Highlights

  • PM Modi launched 750 megawatt solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh
  • India had announced it would stop solar equipment imports from China, Pak
  • PM Modi highlighted the importance of self-reliance on solar power

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today highlighted the importance of self-reliance on solar power amid trade tensions with China – a major exporting nation – as he launched a massive 750 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh. India last week announced it wouldstop solar equipment importsfrom China and Pakistan amid the tension along the Line of Actual Control and the resulting counter-attacks in trade.

“We must work towards reducing our import dependency on solar panels and related equipment. We need to speed up our production capacity of solar modules… and solar batteries should be made in India. We need to speed up all work in these areas,” PM Modi said at the virtual launch of the project.

Union Power Minister RK Singh on July 4 at a meeting with state power ministers had said Chinese firmshave been dumping cheap solar equipmentinto India. He sought a significant hike in tariffs on solar modules and cells. The same day, the centre announced India would no longer import power equipment from China and Pakistan.

“China has been dumping solar equipment into India at throwaway prices. They have been trying to hurt the Make in India programme by subsidising their firms and selling equipment cheap. We have to stop them,” Mr Singh told NDTV last month. “Next year we will charge basic customs duty of 40 per cent on solar modules and up to 25 per cent on solar cells. They will be hiked further in 2022,” he told NDTV.

India imported power equipment worth Rs 71,000 crore in 2018-19, of which Rs 21,000 crore went to buy Chinese equipment, Mr Singh said on July 4.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation whose vast urban train network depends on reliable electricity is a customer of the solar project in north-ea

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