The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued the list of models and module manufacturers under the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) order.
As per the notification, the enlistment is valid for two years and can be renewed on the submission of the necessary documents. The Ministry can carry out production and sale audits, random quality tests, and inspect the facility to ensure compliance. In case of any non-compliance, the enlisted manufacturer will be removed from the list.
Based on the recommendations of the committee to review the implementation of the ALMM order, MNRE approved the list of modules and manufacturers on March 10, 2021.
A total of 23 module manufacturers have been enlisted under the ALMM order. Some of the manufacturers whose modules have been enlisted include Mundra Solar, Vikram Solar, Bharat Electronics, Emmvee Photovoltaic Power, and ORB energy.
The notification adds that only the models and manufacturers included in the list will be eligible for government or government-assisted projects in the country, including the projects for the sale of electricity to the government under the guidelines laid down by the central government.
Further, the ALMM concerning the List-I (modules) and List-II (cells) will be applicable only for projects for which the bids will be concluded after 30 days of the list’s publication. Accordingly, the ALMM order concerning List-I modules will apply to projects that have the last date of bid submission on or after April 10, 2021.
To bring contractual clarity, the Ministry has suggested that the bidding agencies should take a declaration from the bidders that they are aware of the binding provisions of the ALMM order and the list while quoting the tariffs for the bids.
Mercom had reported that the deadline for implementing ALMM has expired, and the industry is still in limbo. There’s no update yet on the new deadline as the previous deadline of September 30, 2020, has passed.
Recently, MNRE issued amendments to the existing provisions for enlistment under ALMM. According to the notification, the inspection fee for manufacturing capacity up to 50 MW has been cut in half to ₹250,000 (~$3,418) from the existing ₹500,000 (~$6,837). For capacity more than 50 MW and up to 100 MW, the inspection fee remains ₹500,000 (~$6,837), and for capacity greater than 100 MW and up to 250 MW, it will be ₹1 million (~$13,674). The fee will remain ₹1.5 million (~$20,512) for a capacity greater than 250 MW.
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Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.