MNRE Floats Draft Quality Control Order For Solar Thermal Systems

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Manufacturers of solar thermal systems meant for exports are exempted from the requirement of applying for a Standard Mark from BIS.

In a bid to ensure standardization of solar components across India’s solar power ecosystem, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has floated a draft quality control order for Solar Thermal Systems, in accordance with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) guidelines.

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The ministry has already announced the quality control order for Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) Systems. According to the draft order, a manufacturer or seller of solar thermal systems will now have to register with BIS to obtain a Standard Mark.

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The order has also prohibited storage, sale, import or distribution of solar thermal systems by manufacturers or by any person on behalf of a manufacturer which does not bear the Standard Mark.

However, the manufacturers of solar thermal systems meant for exports are exempted from the requirement of applying for a Standard Mark from BIS.

In order to ensure compliance of the guidelines, MNRE can seek information along with sample of goods from the manufacturers on the systems any time. The ministry can also inspect the systems at any point in time. In cases of contravention, the ministry can also search and seize goods. In cases where the solar thermal systems are of varying size and rating, the goods will be grouped and granted series approval. 

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