In a bid to standardize norms for solar equipment, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has sought comments from various stakeholders on technical regulation for the sector by September 6, 2016.
Toughening its stand on dumping of poor quality solar equipment, the government had earlier decided to regulate imports of such products under the Bureau of India Standards (BIS) Act.
In view of enhanced target of 100 GW Solar Power by 2022, the ministry has decided to bring out technical regulation for Solar Photovoltaic Systems/Devices/Components Goods
This exercise is part of the process of bringing out a Lab Policy for Renewable Energy Sector for Testing, Standardisation and Certification.
Once the standards are inserted in the rules of BIS Act, the importers would have to seek certified test reports of the products under the order. The products would have to meet the standards already in place which will ensure quality imports.
As per the norms of Department of Commerce (Commerce and Industry Ministry), standardisation of all goods and adopting technical regulation is mandatory to maintain quality to protect human health and safety.
The draft technical regulation for SPV Systems/Devices/Components Goods has been prepared as per relevant BIS Act in consultation with Bureau of Indian Standards.
By Baishakhi Dutta