Solar Panel Compliance

Solar Panel Compliance

Solar Panel Compliance

The Electricity Act, 2003 has resulted in a paradigm shift in the world of Renewable energy in India. Solar energy is an efficient way of optimum utilization of the assets available in abundance. 

India has immense solar-potential and can be used for- Solar Heating or solar electricity with approximately 200-300 sunny days . A power plant generating solar energy is the best viable option for producing electricity in areas where other sources are neither accessible nor extractable. 

Authorities/Acts/Rules involved: 
  1. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. - India is the only country to have a ministry specifically for the purpose of renewable energy development 
  2. Under the Electricity Act, 2003 the main-objective is to advertise and raise competition in the renewable energy resource in Industry in India as per the new guidelines.
  3. The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission is a paramount measure by the Govt. of India which requires dynamic co-operation from the States to encourage a balanced/sustainable development 
  4. With active participation from States to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security challenge. A major contribution towards the worldwide endeavor towards facing the Irreparable damage to Climate. 
Solar Compliances 

A. Identification and Testibility: 

  1. According to India’s National Solar Mission it is obligatory for every Photovoltaic(PV) module used in Solar Power Project to use a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag including producer origin and technical data in accordance to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy standards. 
  2. Thus in accordance to the MNRE, each Photovoltaic(PV) module must store the below- mentioned details in the table:
Sr. No.Details
1.Name of the manufacturer of the PV Module
2.Name of the manufacturer of Solar-cells
3.Month and year of the manufacture (separately for solar cells and module)
4.Nation of origin (Separately for solar cells and module)
5.I-V curve for the module 6. Peak Wattage, Im, Vm and FF for the module
6.Peak Wattage, Im, Vm and FF for the module
7.Unique Serial No and Model No of the module
8.Date and year of procuring IEC-PV module qualification certificate
9.Name of the test lab issuing IEC certificate
10.Other relevant information on traceability of solar cells and module as per ISO 9000 series

Post April1, 2013 the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) needs to be placed inside the module laminate. 

B. Authorization of Testing Centers and Labs 

  1. PV modules need to meet the required IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission ) standard i.e. enclosing test-reports or certificates through IEC or National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories(NABL) officially recognized laboratory. 
  2. Upto the capacity of 50Wp : Testing and Approval of PV module functioning at the standard testing conditions(STC) by labs authorized via IEC/NABL.
  3. For capacity above 50 Wp : Regular module need be complemented with the STC report or certificate.

C. Application for Testing by the Manufacturer 

Sr. No.Compliance NameDescription
Registration copy
of the company specifically for the concerned product/element/PV system which is to be examined.
2.Adequate Proof
proof is required which shows the manufacturing of the product via production, testing etc.
as per the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) standards.

D. Warranty by the Manufacturer 

Warranty must be provided for the Photovoltaic modules in Solar power systems for their output-peak-watt capacity, on the following conditions:  

  1. At the end of 10 years not less than 90.
  2. At the end of 25 years not less 80%.  

E. For Balance of System(BOS) Items/Components of SPV 

  1. Must be In conformation with the latest IEC/ BIS/ MNRE guidelines. 
  2. Authorization of BOS items/components
    • test certificate/report can be from any of NABL/IEC authorised labs or MNRE
    • approved test facilities. -the list of such facilities is assessed and amended timely 
  3. The following elements need to be warranted against any manufacturing/design/installation defects for a minimum period of 5 years-
    • mechanical structures
    • electrical works
    • power conditioners
    • inverters
    • charge controllers etc. 
    • workmanship OS solar Photovoltaic module power plants