MNRE Issues Amendments to ALMM Order, Includes Open Access and KUSUM Program

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued amendments to the ‘Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) of Solar Modules (requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2019.

As per the amendment, only the models and manufacturers included in the ALMM list would be eligible for use in government projects, government-assisted projects, projects under government programs, open access, and net metering projects installed in the country.

In the new order, the ministry has made a specific change in a key provision of its original order, with provision 3 changed as under.

  1. “Accordingly, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has decided to enlist the eligible models and manufacturers of solar PV cells and modules complying with the BIS Standards and publish the same in a list called the “Approved List of Models and Manufacturers” (ALMM). Only the models and manufacturers included in this list will be eligible for use in Government Projects/ Government assisted Projects/ Projects under Government Schemes & Programmes/ Open Access I NetMetering Projects, installed in the country, including Projects set up for sale of electricity to Government under the Guidelines issued by Central Government under section 63 of Electricity Act, 2003 and amendment thereof. The word “Government” shall include Central Government, State Governments, Central Public Sector Enterprises, State Public Sector Enterprises and, Central and State Organisations/ Autonomous bodies.”
  2. It is also clarified that “Projects under Government Schemes & Programmes” referred above, includes projects set up under Component ‘A’ of PM-KUSUM Scheme.
  3. The above amendment shall be applicable on RE projects which apply for open access or netmetering facility from 1st April, 2022.

Earlier in November the ministry has updated the list to include an additional 1,767 MW module capacity.

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