Government to launch scheme for promoting local solar manufacturing

The government is drafting a Rs 80 billion scheme to promote 12 GW of local solar cells and panel manufacturing without violating the World Trade Organisation (WTO) guidelines. The PSUs will now issue tenders for setting up solar power projects using locally manufactured equipment. The electricity generated from these plants will then be used for their own consumption, in accordance with the WTO rules. The scheme will be implemented over a period of four years, and ensure a minimum manufacturing capacity of 3 GW of solar cells per year.

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