MNRE clarifies import of lead-acid batteries for solar PV applications


MNRE clarifies import of lead-acid batteries for solar PV applications

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has notified guidelines for import of secondary cells and batteries of lead-acid and nickel-based chemistries for use in solar PV power projects.

Having notified the Solar Photovoltaics Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act of September 2017 to ensure quality control in PV projects, the MNRE has clarified that secondary cells and batteries of lead-acid and nickel-based chemistries are covered under Indian Standard (IS) 16270 for storage batteries that are used in solar PV power projects.

“The import of such cells and batteries will be allowed subject to IEC 61427 certification of the product and certificate issued by the MNRE, along with an undertaking from the vendor/supplier that the products will be utilised for solar PV power projects in the country only. Further, import of such products be allowed only if they meet the notified specifications,” it said in a notification. Read more

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