NewsIndia's Solar Industry Dreams Hindered by Dependence on China

India’s Solar Industry Dreams Hindered by Dependence on China

India Aims ⁣to Build ⁤its Own ​Solar‌ Industry in competition with ⁤China

India has ‌big plans for solar energy – not only to set up‍ solar panels, but ⁤to​ manufacture them as well.

China already produces some solar PV, ‌but ⁤it’s ⁢mostly an assembly ​line where imported​ components are put together into modules.

Even higher up in the supply chain, the components are made ​from a high-grade silicon called polysilicon, a process currently dominated by China.

Hopeful to​ address ‍energy security concerns and ‍US-China trade tensions, India is backing several solar manufacturers to ​produce polysilicon components domestically.

One such‍ company is ​Adani Solar, a green initiative⁢ from the Indian conglomerate known for its coal operations.

In the next installation of our Clean Energy‌ Frontier series, ⁤Monika Mondal shares ⁤the ⁣story from Mundra,‍ Gujarat, where Adani plans to‍ create a⁢ polysilicon-to-module manufacturing center.

Read the complete story here

According to think-tank Ieefa, India⁤ could be the world’s second-largest solar PV manufacturer by 2026, ⁣generating enough‍ panels for self-sufficiency and even exportation.

However, India’s ⁣dependence on China for solar components and technology is deep-rooted. To compete with China’s‌ massive solar production capacity, India will need‌ substantial⁣ government backing.

You‌ can find the full story ​on ⁤a ‌dedicated mini-site here. Learn more ‍about our Clean Energy Frontier, our series exploring the supply chains of clean energy technologies, here.

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