Regulations to Impact Future of Polycrystalline Solar Modules in India
According to the mandate released by MNRE, the minimum efficiency is set at 20 percent for utility/grid-scale power projects. For rooftop solar and solar pumping projects, the minimum efficiency is 19.5 percent. Lastly, for solar lighting projects, the minimum efficiency is 19 percent.
September 21, 2023. By News Bureau
These rules aim to ensure that only high-quality solar modules are used in various types of solar projects. The minimum efficiency requirements vary depending on the type of project. For utility/grid-scale power projects, the minimum efficiency is set at 20 percent. For rooftop solar and solar pumping projects, the minimum efficiency is 19.5 percent. Lastly, for solar lighting projects, the minimum efficiency is 19 percent.
These rules will have a significant impact on the Polycrystalline Solar Module industry. While some stakeholders support this move, believing it will push the industry toward more efficient technology, others argue that it should be the end-users' choice, and the government shouldn't force this change.
Polycrystalline modules are still used in small-scale solar projects, especially agricultural solar pumps, due to their lower cost.
However, with the narrowing price gap between polycrystalline and higher-efficiency modules, thanks to a recent module price drop and more competitive prices from Chinese manufacturers, the appeal of polycrystalline modules is diminishing.
Additionally, higher efficiency modules tend to make more economic sense in the long term, as they require fewer modules and associated costs for installation.
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