MNRE Expands ALMM with Emmvee and Bluebird as New Solar Module Manufacturers

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has taken a significant step in expanding the Approved List of Module Manufacturers (ALMM) scheme by allowing two Indian solar module manufacturers to add new models. Emmvee Photovoltaic Power and Bluebird Photovoltaic Power have been granted the opportunity to include additional modules in the list.


Emmvee Photovoltaic Power, has been granted approval to add six new mono-c-Silicon PERC modules to its listing. These newly enlisted modules come in three different models, featuring 144 cut cells, 108 cut cells, and 132 cut cells, respectively.


Bluebird Photovoltaic Power, on the other hand, can now include three new mono c-silicon modules, featuring 120 half-cut cells, 132 half-cut cells, and 144 half-cut cells.


The MNRE clarified that these additional models have been provisionally included in the list, and their final enlistment in ALMM is subject to the applicants fulfilling the specified conditions mentioned in the ALMM orders. The ministry recently introduced reforms to the scheme as part of its latest ALMM list revision on May 31, 2023.

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Under the recently introduced norms, solar PV modules must adhere to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and meet specific minimum module efficiency requirements to qualify for enlistment. For utility and grid-scale power plants, the minimum efficiency threshold is set at 20%, while rooftop and solar pumping projects must have a minimum efficiency of 19.5%. Additionally, solar lighting modules need to attain a minimum efficiency of 19%.

The move aims to encourage the use of high-quality solar PV modules and support the growth of renewable energy in India.

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