MNRE has reimposed the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) for solar modules. The policy would come into effect from 1st April 2024.
However, the ministry has made some important changes to the policy.
Earlier, MNRE stated that all projects commissioned before 31st March 2024 would be exempted from ALMM. But now the ministry has announced that any project that is in the advanced stage of construction or if the module order has been placed before 31st March 2024 will also be exempt from ALMM regulations.
Moreover, ALMM will apply to only those projects that are sponsored or subsidized by the government. This means it will apply to all solar rooftop and PM Kusum projects. It will also apply to projects set up by the government and its agencies for their own use or selling of power through DISCOMs.
However, ALMM will not apply to open-access projects and those set up for captive use by private parties.
The Approved List of Models and Manufacturers for solar modules was introduced in 2019 to boost domestic production. MNRE relaxed the policy for a year to meet the rising capacity addition pipeline as domestic supply was not enough. Currently, ALMM includes 72 module manufacturers. Moreover, MNRE also introduced reforms in the policy in 2023 to encourage private participation in the sector.
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Resource: ET Energy
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