India to approve standards for photovoltaic modules from April 2024

In the latest developments in India’s renewable energy sector, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an official memorandum announcing important updates for solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers. According to memorandum number 283/16/2023-GRID SOLAR, dated March 29, 2024, the MNRE has indicated that the Approved Models and Manufacturers of Solar Photovoltaic Modules (Requirements for Mandatory Registration) Order of 2019 (ALMM Order), Initially set to hold for fiscal year 2023-24, it will now take effect from April 1, 2024.
The ALMM list, which aims to expedite the adoption of approved solar module models and manufacturers, has been under discussion for a year. The initiative aims to ensure the quality of solar modules used in various projects throughout the country. Solar PV modules that have been received at project sites before March 31, 2024 but have not yet been put into service due to reasons beyond the control of the renewable energy developer will be subject to separate examination.
The memorandum further notes that the decision was taken with the approval of the Honorable Minister of Power and Renewable Energy. This policy update is seen as a move to reinforce India’s commitment to expanding its renewable energy infrastructure, with an emphasis on maintaining high standards for the equipment used.