MNRE Implements Stringent Efficiency Standards in Updated Approved List of Solar PV Modules
The latest guidelines emphasize compliance with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and introduce stringent efficiency standards for enlistment under ALMM.
January 30, 2024. By Abha Rustagi
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an update to the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) Order, 2019, specifically related to Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Modules.
The latest guidelines emphasize compliance with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and introduce stringent efficiency standards for enlistment under ALMM. Only Solar PV Module models meeting the specified minimum module efficiency, which varies based on the application or use category, are now eligible for ALMM enlistment. The minimum module efficiency required for different categories includes:
- Category I: Utility/Grid Scale Power Plants – Minimum 20.00 percent
- Category II: Rooftop and Solar Pumping – Minimum 19.5 percent
- Category III: Solar Lighting – Minimum 19.0 percent
Effectively, only models with a module efficiency equal to or greater than 19.00 percent are considered for ALMM enlistment. Manufacturers and manufacturing units enlisted in ALMM are now required to maintain valid BIS registration for continued validity. Failure to comply may result in delisting.
The MNRE has provided additional details, including the Registration Number (R. No.) assigned by BIS against each manufacturer or manufacturing unit enlisted in ALMM.
The primary goal of this update is to enhance the quality and efficiency standards of Solar PV Modules, aligning with the government’s commitment to promoting sustainable and reliable renewable energy sources. As a result of these reforms, the number of MNRE-approved solar companies has been reduced from 82 to 78.
Additionally, the solar modules from Gautam Solar, Waaree Energies, Agrawal Renewable Energy, HR Solar Solution, Sahaj Solar, Credence Solar, Insolation Green Energy, and Mundra Solar Energy have been provisionally enlisted in MNRE’s ALMM List-I.
The final enlistment of these modules will be subject to the fulfillment of specified conditions. These measures collectively aim to elevate industry standards and ensure a more robust and efficient solar energy sector in India.
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