MNRE extends implementation date for manufacturers of solar PV modules & cells

It has noted that RE implementing agencies may grant extension of time for RE projects

Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, MNRE, Approved lists of models and manufacturers, Solar PV modules, PV cells, COVID-19 pandemic, BIS Standards, Central government, Force majeure, Renewable energy

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued office memorandum extending the effective dates for implementation of approved lists of models and manufacturers (ALMM) for solar PV modules and PV cells to 30 September 2020, which was earlier 31 March 2020, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

MNRE had issued order dated 02 January 2019 regarding ALMM for solar PV cells and modules, providing for enlistment of models and manufacturers of solar PV cells and modules, complying with the BIS Standards, in ALMM List-I (for solar PV modules) and ALMM List-II (for solar PV cells).

This mechanism proposed to have List-I specifying models and manufacturers of solar PV models and List-II specifying models and manufacturers of solar PV cells.

The ALMM Order stipulates that after effective date, all solar PV power projects which are government owned /government assisted /bid out as per the Central government’s standard bidding guidelines will mandatorily procure solar PV cells and modules for such projects from manufacturers approved and included in the ALMM Lists after effective date.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has noted that renewable energy (RE) implementing agencies may grant extension of time for RE projects, on account of the lockdown due to COVID-19, equivalent to the period of the lockdown and additional 30 days for normalisation after the lockdown ends.

In an order issued on 17 April 2020 the Ministry noted that the extension will be for the period of lockdown plus 30 days. This will be a blanket extension and there will be no requirement of case-to-case examination.

Also, there will be no need to ask for any evidence for extension due to the lockdown.

All renewable energy implementing agencies of MNRE will treat the lockdown as Force Majeure.

The Renewable Energy Departments including agencies under Power/ Energy Departments of States can also treat the lockdown as force majeure and may consider granting appropriate time extension.

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