The World Trade Organization has ruled against India and delivered a victory to American companies that make solar batteries and equipment.
Rejecting India's appeal of a February ruling, the Geneva-based trade group said Friday that India violated world trade rules by requiring solar-power companies use made-in-India equipment when they sell electricity to the government. U.S. solar exports to India dropped 90 percent after the country adopted the rules in 2011.
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U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman said the ruling was a "clear victory" for U.S. solar manufacturers and workers.
The domestic content requirements were part of India's efforts to build a homegrown solar industry.