MNRE Extends Deadline for BIS Certification of Solar Inverters till December 31

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The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued notification for extension of self certification for solar inverters.

Earlier deadline for deadline was June 30, 2020 which now has been extended to 1 st December 2020.

Due to COVID 19 lockdown disruption the industry sought more time for compliance and hence  six-month extension was announced , ministry stated.

The extension would only apply to  manufacturers holding valid International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) certificates.

The quality certification has previously extended from 30.06.2018 to 30.06.2020.

Recently, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) announced the name of the members of the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC). The DRC committee is formed to resolve disputes between solar or wind power developers and  Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) or National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC).

Consequent to the appointment of A.K. Dubey as Administrative Member of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), the composition of the Dispute Resolution Committee has been changed and the new list of members are P. K. Basu, (former Agriculture Secretary), Rakesh Kacker (former Food Processing Industries Secretary) and M.F. Farooqui (former DOT Secretary/ Heavy Industry Secretary).

In June, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has said that the Renewable Energy implementing agencies may grant extension of time for RE projects, on account of lockdown due to COVID-19, equivalent to the period of lockdown and additional 30 (thirty) days for normalisation after end of such lockdown.  In an order issued on 17-4-2020, the Ministry noted that, thus, the extension will be for the period of lockdown plus 30 (thirty) days. This will be a blanket extension – there will be no requirement of case to case examination. There will be no need to ask for any evidence for extension due to lockdown.

The Ministry has also said that all Renewable Energy implementing agencies of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) will treat lockdown due to COVID-19, as Force Majeure .

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