MNRE issues new solar power module specifications

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued the Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017, which provides a new set of standard specifications for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. The order will come into effect after one year from the date of its notification. It mandates registration for the use of the “standard mark” under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act of 1986, to all companies involved in manufacturing, and sale or distribution of solar PV systems, devices and components. It further states that the product samples will be drawn at random at least once in two years from the manufacturing unit or from the market by the ministry or the authorised person in order to ascertain conformation to the specified standards.