Overview of ALMM Certification
MNRE, meaning the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, has made it compulsory for all solar cell and module manufacturers to register/certify under the ALMM, i.e., Approved List of Models and Manufacturers. The MNRE has issued a list of solar cell and module types manufacturers in India that are being certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The main focus behind this is to inspect the manufacturing unit physically, check the actual manufacturing facility and check the certifications with their validity.
The list contains all the relevant or actual data of each and every manufacturer. It has the official address of all factories, their production capacity and the range of solar modules manufactured by them. In the most recent list, a total of 58 companies are listed, while in the first one, there were 23 companies listed.
The MNRE has issued an updated list of approved models and manufacturers in the ALMM list, which came into effect on 29th September 2021 and is valid up to 28th September 2023, i.e., for two years. Till now, no foreign manufacturers have been included in the ALMM list.
Benefits of obtaining ALMM Certification
Following are the common benefits that can be enjoyed after getting certified under ALMM:
Documents Required for ALMM Certification
Followings are documents that are duly required by the applicant while applying for the ALMM Certification:
Procedure for ALMM Certification
Following are all the relevant steps to be followed while obtaining the ALMM Certification:
After getting certified under ALMM, the models and manufacturers are subject to a random quality check or test, including the inspection of the listed manufacturing sites, and if any failure or non-compliance is acknowledged, then they are removed from the ALMM.
The renewal procedure is the same as the fresh Certification. For renewal, the applicant must submit all the required documents and requisite fees similar to what was submitted at the time of fresh Certification. After renewal, the validity of such ALMM is extended by another two years.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Solar Photovoltaic Modules
- Solar PV Cells
- It may impact the bankability of Solar Projects as there is a lack of clarity about the ALMM.
- Overlapping between BIS and ALMM compliances.
- Fear in many developers' minds that the implementation of ALMM has deterred foreign manufacturers from supplying products in India.