On February 6, 2013, the United States requested WTO dispute settlement consultations with the Government of India challenging the domestic content requirements of its national solar program. According to USTR Ron Kirk, India’s program discriminates against American imports by both requiring solar energy producers to use domestically produced solar cells and modules and subsidizing those producers by guaranteeing purchases at above-market rates. Part of India’s solar program would expand the scope of the domestic content requirements to include solar thin film technologies, which currently make up the majority of American solar equipment exports to India. If the parties are unable to resolve the matter through consultation within 60 days, the U.S. may request a WTO settlement panel to address the issue.
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