Is that what has happened? Is there an insistence by the WTO that India buy American solar panels? That is not what I understand from the article, but, the article is brief and limited in details.
From the article "The problem, as the U.S. saw it, was the part of India’s National Solar Mission REQUIRING solar power developers to use solar cells and modules
that are MADE IN INDIA."
No where did I read that India MUST now buy American. The article on hand suggest that the stipulation that solar panels MUST BE MADE IN INDIA is to be withdrawn.
Passion and virtue are swell, and the WTO is on my shit list, but, The details are important too. Misrepresentation of an argument only supplies the opposition with more cannon fodder, and there are too few of us fighting for the right as it is. But by all means if i need an education give me one.
After looking into it a bit more I can see that you were on the right track when you considered potential retaliation, though I don't know about "The Solar Panel Wars".
State side we also have similar Local Content Requirements(LCR) in many of our Green Energy Subsidies, and China and India are well aware that we are currently in violation of WTO trade law. Now I'm no expert on whether the WTO does or doesn't have a US or Western bias and the US LCR's subsides may not be as significant at those provided by India's National Solar Mission, BUT, were there to be retaliatory litigation then the green initiative could suffer globally.
That's the very core of this matter. Too much success for green tech is bad for the oligarchs. How can they insist we maintain our fossil fuel infrastructure if it is so easy to go green, that has always been the argument, that or some other variation on practicality. But maybe I am wrong, and there is no subterfuge. I am not immovable and can be swayed. Perhaps there are some subtleties or some nuance that could be easily explained to me by an economist or someone who is just a little more informed.