Domestic manufacturers applaud MNRE’s move to include Open Access & Net-Metering Projects under ALMM – EQ Mag Pro
Delhi, India : In an office memorandum released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the Government of India has expanded the scope of “Approved List of Models and Manufacturers” (ALMM) and will be applicable to Open access & Net-Metering Projects from April 1st 2022.
These include projects set up for sale of electricity to Government under the Guidelines issued by Central Government under section 63 of Electricity Act, 2003 and projects under Component A of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program.
Officials from North India Module Manufacturers Association (NIMMA), Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) and All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA) and industry leaders have welcomed the decision.
“We are thankful to the government for taking this step which will help consumers to get better quality and reliable supplier, lenders and investors will have more confidence on their invesment as module is major and most important component of solar power projects. Domestic Industry is suffering for long time due to almost 90% imports of solar modules. Local Manufactring capacity in India which is more than our requirement now will have some business. Thanks for supporting domestic solar manufacturing industry and huge employment ,” said Hitesh Doshi – President, All India Solar Industries Association.
Mr. Manish Gupta – President, NIMMA said, “The move will help provide necessary ammunition to the Make in India movement. It will also help smaller manufacturers expand capacities and improve business as the industry will see an uptake in demand.”
Mr. Bharat Bhut – Cofounder & Director, Goldi Solar, leading Indian Solar Manufacturer said, “The ALMM policy amendment by MNRE is a significant announcement in interest of all stake holders . The announcement has come at an appropriate time, just when BCD will be implemented. The combined effect of both these policies will be massive, and I am sure India will grow to become a solar manufacturing hub in the coming years.”
About All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA)
AISIA is an an industry body representing domestic solar module manufacturers. It is an apex association comprising over 18 domestic solar module manufacturers and has been endorsed by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for its initiative in enhancing the capabilities of the Indian solar sector.
About North India Module Manufacturers Association (NIMMA)
NIMMA to promote Solar PV Modules Manufacturers in India was established in October 2017 to promote and voice the concerns of small and medium solar PV module manufacturers. NIMMA assists its members to develop, promote and improve the product and manufacturing standards, joint marketing strategies and takes up the concerns of its members with the concerned authorities. The Association also works as a nodal platform for the development and process of scientific and economic research regarding development and manufacturing of solar PV module.