Renewable Energy Association Asks MNRE to Inspect Solar Modules Online Amid COVID-19

The Renewable Energy Association of Rajasthan (REAR) has written to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), asking for it to start conducting online pre-dispatch inspections (PDI) of the domestic content requirement (DCR) certified solar modules.

The request has been made to the government in light of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The association, on behalf of all empaneled vendors under phase-II of the grid-connected rooftop solar (RTS) program, wrote that while the PDI process is very vital to ensure the quality of the components used in the program, it was not a good idea to conduct physical inspections in these times.

It explained that conducting the inspection online through video conferences would not only mitigate any project delays, but it would also avoid unnecessary expenditure and putting human lives at risk.

The association added that, given the times, every possible process had been migrated to online modes to accommodate issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic. It asked the ministry to revise its guidelines for the program and issue instructions to nodal agencies as soon as possible to avoid any further project delays.

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