Solar Industry Awaits Clarity on ALMM Extension and Implementation

Oct 22, 2020 03:58 PM ET
  • The due date for executing the accepted checklist of versions and manufacturers (ALMM) has actually passed, and also the sector is still in limbo. There's no update yet on the new due date as the previous due date of September 30, 2020, has passed. The sector is additionally waiting for quality on the implementation procedure as the pandemic will be affecting guidelines mandating assessment of centers in India and also outside.
Solar Industry Awaits Clarity on ALMM Extension and Implementation

The ALMM was suggested to enlist eligible models as well as makers of solar cells and components complying with the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) accreditation. Enlisting in ALMM is required for makers providing to the government-owned solar projects. The checklist was introduced to keep track of the top quality of elements being utilized in government-owned solar projects.

Though the Ministry of New as well as Renewable Energy (MNRE) provided the ALMM order in October 2018, the application deadline has actually seen several extensions. The last was September 30, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Talking on the application of ALMM, one of the top executives working with a leading solar designer claimed, "I'm uncertain if the federal government is major or otherwise, as they have actually not issued any information. Lots of have applied and also paid the charges, but I feel this is going to take time."

Mercom had discussed the pros and cons of the government's decision to go on with the ALMM order. The order has actually raised more concerns than it has responded to. While some players think that ALMM listing would certainly take the solar market onward, others claimed that the procedure is repetitive and also would certainly trigger more damage than excellent.

With the constraints as a result of the COVID-19 scenario, traveling within the nation is ruled out secure, let alone worldwide website gos to, which will certainly be very harmful, costly, and also impractical. The ALMM policy, which mandates evaluation of producing facilities in and outside India, requires to be modified prior to it is applied.

In July, MNRE released a notification that the ALMM would only put on proposals held 30 days after the order is finalized and also released. The ministry additionally stated that it is setting up a board to review the issues with the ALMM. The board was to recommend the way and also date of applying the ALMM order as well as submit its report within 15 days of being comprised.

There is no information to date if the committee has been set up, and if it was, what the recommendations were.

"ALMM is not a big concern anymore. Quotes will certainly not be affected unless ALMM is revealed, and undoubtedly, it will certainly either be postponed or taken out," said an additional executive at one of the leading solar programmers.

Industry stakeholders Mercom spoke with think that ALMM has been maintained as a backup if fundamental customizeds duty (BCD) falls short ahead in to ensure that the residential market is incentivized.

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