MNRE Seeks Suggestions From Stakeholders On Revised Standards Of SPV Modules and Solar Inverter By September 7

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) seeks recommendation of the Experts Committee on the revised Indian Standards on SPV Modules and Inverter notified by BIS for implementation.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE) is implementing a Quality Control Order on SPV Systems, Devices and Components Goods Order 2017 under BIS Act(Compulsory Registration Scheme). This order includes SPV Modules, Inverter and Battery Storage with specified Indian Standards adopted from IEC Standards . On 14th June 2019, BIS vide gazette published the revised Indian Standards for SPV Modules and inverter, and suggested that MNRE may hold stakeholder consultations for concurrent running of the same before 11.6.2020 but it has extended t to 9th September 2020 due to Covid 19 lockdown.

The Ministry has invited comments and suggestions from all the stakeholders on the recommendations of the experts committee.The last date for submitting their suggestion is 07 September 2020.

MNRE had set up a three members Expert Committee comprising a representative each from MNRE, Solar Energy Corporation of India(SECI), New Delhi and a BIS recognized Test Lab to examine the said revised standards for implementation. The committee through a virtual meeting held on 17th July 2020 at 12:00 Noon discussed the revised standards adopted from IEC Standards in detail. Out of eight standards 5 standards are applicable to crystalline and 7 for thin film based modules, five for each of three types of thin film technologies. The committee also discussed the relevance of recently published Indian Standard on “Photovoltaic Modules-Test Methods for detection of Potential-Induced Degradation.

The Experts Committee felt that standards in too many parts are incoherent, and considered that the same need to be organized technology-wise inclusive of all relevant testing requirements for easy understanding and for efficient implementation. One standard for one product with testing sequences properly organized would be the best solution to simplification of testing and certification process and ease of doing business. Therefore, the committee recommended to make two separate Indian Standards one for crystalline and the other for thin film based modules by organizing properly the revised standards, including standard on PID Test. The committee also recommended that fire test as per existing standard should be continued as it has important relevance in field conditions. In the case of revised IS 16169(2019) for inverters for islanding prevention measure test, the committee recommended that the same may be adopted for implementation. The committee recommended that one inclusive standard for inverters needs to be formed encompassing all performance testing requirements for off-grid and grid connection requirements. 

To know more about the order refer to the document below:

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