The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has extended the deadline for self-certification of solar inverters through the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), again. The deadline has been extended for a period of 6 months from December 31, 2019, to June 30, 2019.
In its notification, the ministry has cleared that considering the issues relating to testing, and the level of preparation of test labs, the industry had sought more time for compliance, and therefore it has extended the deadline again. However, the deadline is subject to the condition that manufacturers have valid International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) accreditation and test reports from international test labs for the smooth implementation of the order.
Realising the need for quality components in solar projects, the government had mandated that laboratories must conduct the tests for compulsory registration with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for the implementation of the quality order.
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In October, the ministry had extended the deadline for the self-certification of solar inverters by a period of 3 months to December 31, 2019.
Prior to this, the deadline was extended from June 30, 2019, to September 30, 2019, this extension itself was in followup of a longer 6-month extension that the ministry had afforded the concerned stakeholders when it extended the deadline from December 31, 2018.
In August, the MNRE had issued theÂ guidelines for the series approvalÂ of solar PV inverters for conducting testing in test labs for the implementation of Quality Control Solar Photovoltaics Systems, Devices and Component Goods Order 2017.
The guidelines are meant to facilitate test labs/manufacturers to approve the product family including change in design and materials for the solar inverters for their compulsory registration with BIS and for the implementation of the solarÂ photovoltaics systems order. And were applicable for solar PV based off-grid, grid-tied and hybridÂ inverters of capacities up to 150 kW.