MNRE Widens ALMM Ambit To Cover Open Access, PM KUSUM. Domestic Manufacturers To Benefit

In an office memorandum dated January 13, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has delivered on a promise made by Power and MNRE Minister R.K. Singh earlier to cover all govt. assisted projects under the ALMM scheme.

The minister had contended that they have been advised that even projects availing of benefits like free ISTS link, or indirect subsidies like low or no carriage fees could be considered govt. assisted. They would accordingly be asked to comply with the ALMM list when it come to ordering modules. The minister also saw this as a very effective non-tariff barrier. For domestic manufacturers, the new year couldn’t have started better.

In the order yesterday, the ministry has made a specific change in a key provision of its original order, with provision 3 changed as under- ” “Accordingly, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has decided to enlist the eligible models and manufacturers of solar PV cells and modules complying with the BIS Standards and publish the same in a list called the “Approved List of Models and Manufacturers” (ALMM). Only the models and manufacturers included in this list will be eligible for use in Government Projects/ Government assisted Projects/ Projects under Government Schemes & Programmes/ Open Access I Net Metering Projects, installed in the country, including Projects set up for sale of electricity to Government under the Guidelines issued by Central Government under section 63 of Electricity Act, 2003 and amendment thereof.

The word “Government” shall include Central Government, State Governments, Central Public Sector Enterprises, State Public Sector Enterprises and, Central and State Organisations/ Autonomous bodies.” It then adds a specific mention that “Projects under Government Schemes & Programmes” referred above, includes projects set up under Component ‘A’ of PM-KUSUM Scheme”.

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