Al Ameen Green Energy has tied up with a Russian company Miyota Power for setting up a 100-MW solar power plant near Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, according to a report in Russia an
Chinese government is easing its pace of expansion programme in solar power projects this year. It is also restricting the subsidies accorded to solar power. The move is expected to reduce solar panel price in China which in turn will also ease import prices in India. It may be noted, India accounts for over 31% of solar module imports. However, the move will provide a challenge to domestic manufacturers in India, who will face price pressure from increasing imports.
Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) is lobbying for safeguard duty on imports of solar cells and modules. It has recommended imposing 70 percent duty on imports of solar photovoltaic cells and modules. The DGS is mandated to investigate the existence of ?serious injury? or ?threat of serious injury? to the domestic industry as a consequence of increased import of an article into India. The association is believed to have put sincere efforts on calculation of costs and injuries to domestic industry.
It may be noted, India has initiated a probe into the alleged dumping of EVA sheets used in solar cell industry, imported from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Thailand.
Solar Power projects have been exempted from statutory environmental clearance as per a new announcement by the Ministry of Environment, provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, 2006 will not be applicable to solar parks and solar PV projects. The disposal of PV cells will however be covered under the provisions of Hazardous and Other Waste (Management and Trans-Boundary Movement) Rules, 2016. The ministry said that the development of solar parks will be covered under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. However, no solar project should be implemented in agricultural land and areas with a large habitation. It further said that a proper resettlement and rehabilitation plan should be in