The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on May 28, 2019, has made BIS Certification mandatory on Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) modules, Inverters, Storage battery.
However, Office Memorandum was issued on the above subject and subsequent notifications issued in relation thereto, and implications of the order on lead acid batteries imported for various applications including for SPV applications.
However, it is clarified that Secondary cells and Batteries of lead acid and nickel based chemistry are covered under ‘Storage battery (IS 16270)’ of SPV Systems, Devices and components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017, which are used in Solar Power Projects utilizing Solar PV Systems. Import of such products may be allowed subject to an undertaking from the vendor or supplier that the products will be utilized for SPV power projects in the country and the products will be regulated as per the MNRE Quality Control Order.
For applications other than solar, the concerned agency importing such batteries may produce the relevant documents to customs for the use of batteries including orders for supply in the country and submit an affidavit that the imported batteries are not to be used in solar applications.
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