MNRE Restores ALMM, Catalyzing Efficiency in PV Module Procurement

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced the reinstatement of the Approved List of Models & Manufacturers (ALMM) for solar modules, effective April 1, 2024. This pivotal decision marks a strategic move to enhance the efficiency and reliability of procurement processes in the solar energy sector.
MNRE Restores ALMM, Catalyzing Efficiency in PV Module Procurement
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The ALMM, curated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, serves as a directory of accredited solar module manufacturers and their products. Each listed module adheres to stringent quality, reliability, and performance benchmarks set forth by MNRE, ensuring suitability for government-sponsored solar projects and subsidies designed to accelerate solar energy adoption nationwide.

Initially suspended during the fiscal year 2023-24 to provide relief to domestic solar panel manufacturers amid challenges posed by limited availability, the reinstatement of ALMM reflects a renewed confidence in the burgeoning domestic manufacturing ecosystem.

Acknowledging concerns raised by developers regarding implementation challenges, including constraints in domestic manufacturing capacity and competitive pressures the Ministry conducted a thorough review. Subsequently, with the extensive utilization of exemptions granted for module imports until March 2024 and substantial expansions in domestic manufacturing capacity reported by Mercom India Research, the government has deemed the current inventory and upcoming capacity expansions adequate to meet domestic demand.

The scope and applicability of ALMM encompass government-sponsored projects, entities procuring electricity for internal consumption or distribution through DISCOMs, as well as subsidized initiatives such as solar PV rooftop and PM KUSUM projects.

Notably, exemptions previously granted to open access/captive projects and non-subsidized rooftop solar panel projects have been rescinded. Effective April 1, ALMM compliance becomes mandatory for developers engaged in these projects, necessitating adherence to Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) specifications.`

While specific details regarding relaxations in ALMM criteria have not been outlined, the Ministry has expressed openness to reviewing cases where projects were impeded from commissioning due to circumstances beyond the developer's control.

The reinstatement of ALMM underscores MNRE's commitment to standardizing solar PV module procurement, fortifying domestic manufacturing capabilities, and propelling India's renewable energy agenda forward.

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