Gearing Up For New Solar Module Standards: Do We Have Enough Labs?

Gearing Up For New Solar Module Standards: Do We Have Enough Labs?

In order to eliminate the substandard solar modules flooded in India, the Ministry of New Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued new set of quality norms and standards for all solar equipments this month. The order mandates the sellers and makers of solar modules, one of the key components of solar projects, to get their products registered under quality parameters set by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

This mandatory move by the government comes at the wake of Indian market being flooded by cheap Chinese modules with questionable quality. However, as the industry braces for the new order, do we have enough infrastructure, in this context laboratories, for testing the modules and enforcement of the order for the latest move to not become a costly bureaucratic hurdle for the industry?

“We are in the process of implementing a Lab Policy for Testing, Standardization and Certification for RE Sector. The objective is to set up a robust Testing, Standardization and Certification services for quality and reliability assurance for the entire RE sector in the country. The standards may also be revised or updated matching the progression in technology,” says Dr BK Negi, Advisor, MNRE. Read More…

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