The United States has agreed to give India time till December 14 this year to remove the requirement for mandatory domestic sourcing of solar panels and modules under its national solar power generation programme.

“This means that all contracts for solar power production entered into with power producers after December 14 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) should not include compulsory domestic sourcing norms which the World Trade Organisation has ruled against,” a government official told BusinessLine.

Washington decided to give New Delhi up to 14 months to change its rules and bring them in conformity with the Dispute Settlement Body’s (DSB) recommendations following intense consultations between the two countries on the reasonable period of time for implementation of the WTO verdict against India’s local sourcing norms.


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