Dismissing doubts on quality of Chinese solar equipment, Power Minister Piyush Goyal Monday said that India is looking at affordable power and not at the country of its origin, especially when it is imported by private players who ensure quality beforehand. India imported solar and photovoltaic cells worth about USD 826 million from China in the first six months of the current fiscal, which is over 87 per cent of the country’s total such imports.
“We are looking at ensuring that power cost remains affordable in India and within that, as long as quality is maintained in a globally integrated world, we dont see where the equipment comes from,” Goyal told reporters when asked about large solar cells orders going to China.
The Minister, while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the 7th India-Japan Energy Forum, further said, “At the same time, we are looking at encouraging Indian manufacturers to expand their scale of operations and bring in the best of technologies.”
Asked about the shorter life cycle or durability of Chinese equipment, the Minister replied, “I think the (mobile) phones you are using, may also have been made in China…just bashing a country is not good approach of a good policy maker.” Read More…