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MNRE Extends ALMM Compliance Date for Open Access, Net Metering Projects

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has provided much needed relief to open access projects by extending the timeline for use of Solar PV modules listed under ALMM from 01.04.2022 to 01.10.2022. This addresses the major concern of C&I segment before the ending of current financial year.

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In its amended provision it has mentioned that “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.

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Earlier in response to a petition filed by the Distributed Solar Power Association (DiSPA), the Honorable Delhi High-Court has sought clarification from MNRE, on the provisions they have made to protect ongoing projects, which could be negatively impacted with the extension of ALMM to projects under open access and net metering. Developers were hopeful that the Ministry will delay the implementation of the amendment by a minimum of 1 year, to protect ongoing projects.

In March this year MNRE had further updated the ALMM list. The latest list includes a total of 46 firms listed. New entrants include ECE Energies Private Limited (50 MW), Rayzon Green Energies (200 MW), Lubi Electronics (125 MW), Kosol Energie Private Limited (171 MW) and Citizen Solar Private Limited for (50 MW) capacity.

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