MNRE Issues Guidelines For the import & applications of lead-acid batteries for solar PV
lubi solar       May 28, 2019
Ministry of New And Renewable Energy has issued new guidelines has issued guidelines for the import of secondary cells and batteries of lead-acid and nickel-based chemistries that are used in solar PV power projects.
In its new notifications, MNRE has offered clarification on the import of batteries of lead-acid based chemistry under the ministry’s Solar Photovoltaics Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Required for mandatory Registration) order first issued back in 2017. It is required to ensure the quality control on the solar PV projects under the Bureau of Indian Standards Act of September 2017. The ministery has also clarified that secondary cells and batteries of lead-acid and nickel-based chemistries are now covered under the Indian Standard (IS) 16270 concerning the storage of batteries involved in solar projects.
“The import of such cells and batteries will be allowed subject to IEC 61427 certiﬁcation of the product and certiﬁcate issued by the MNRE, along with an undertaking from the vendor/supplier that the products will be utilized for solar PV power projects in the country only. Further, import of such products be allowed only if they meet the notified speciﬁcations,”, the MNRE has mentioned in the notification.
Moreover, while importing the batteries for other than solar projects, the agency needs to provide the required documents. The firm has to submit the relevant documented proof to the customs stating that batteries are required for purpose another solar projects. The required documents include the order for supply in the country and the affidavit ensuring the use of batteries.
The IS 16270 provides all the information related to the secondary batteries requirement and the typical method of testing and verifying its performance.
Along with this, the ministry has also underlined that these secondary batteries being imported are required to have the certificate (IE C61427) issued by BIS along with the MNRE certification assuring the use of batteries in solar projects is limited to India only.
In order to catch up with the booming solar industry in the country, the government is putting it all efforts with amendments. In December 2017, the MNRE issued a New LAB policy to deal with the quality problem all the solar goods sold in the country. With the testing guidelines under this policy, then the ministry ensures to test all the solar items whether they are meeting the quality standards or not. Over the course of the years, the policy has helped the government to make sure that the solar projects in India are up to the required standards.
In a response to the issued notification, Debi Prasad Dash, Executive Director, India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) said, “ The recent notification by MNRE introducing the mandatory BIS certification on Solar PV modules, Inverters, Storage battery is an appreciating step by the Government of India to import only quality products in solar PV system specific for Nickel, Cadmium, lead-acid and secondary steps. BIS certification will only help to improvise the system level, quality control, efficiency, and performance. IESA believes such steps must be implemented in other business verticals also such as EV or backup applications to control low-cost and low quality in battery imports.”
Earlier, the ministry has also proposed several proposals to streamline solar projects around the entire country with practical solutions. Phased Manufacturing Program (PHP) was among the one that includes the development of large-scale, export-competitive integrated batteries and cell-manufacturing giga-scale projects in the country. The [rogram was approved by the cabinet, and it will be valid for five years until 2024.