MNRE announces major reforms in the ALMM for solar PV modules

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced a number of reforms in its Approved List of Models and Manufactures (ALMM) mechanism for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

The reforms are primarily aimed at reducing cost to solar PV manufactures, time between application to enlistment as well as compliance burden and increasing ease of doing business in the whole ALMM process. The major reforms include reduction in application fee by 80 per cent; substantial reduction in inspection fee, with reduction in certain cases being as high as 70 per cent; exemption from factory inspection in case of enlistment of additional models in ALMM which are similar to those already enlisted by the applicant, but having lower wattage; increase in ALMM enlistment validity from 2 years to 4 years, among others. The changes in the ALMM for PV modules, would enhance the ease of doing business and help in ramping up the domestic production of solar PV modules for catering to the current and the future demand.

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