Dated 12th January 2013
MINIMAL TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS / STANDARDS FOR SPV SYSTEMS / PLANTS TO BE DEPLOYED DURING F.Y. 2012-2013
UNDER THE PROGRAMMES OF MINISTRY OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY (MNRE)
The PV modules must conform to the latest edition of any of the following IEC / equivalent BIS Standards for PV module design qualification and type approval:
Crystalline Silicon Terrestrial PV Modules IEC 61215 / IS14286
Thin Film Terrestrial PV Modules IEC 61646 / Equivalent IS
Concentrator PV Modules & Assemblies IEC 62108
In addition, the modules must conform to IEC 61730 Part 1-Requirement’s for construction & Part 2 – requirements for testing, for Safety qualification or Equivalent IS (Under Dev.)
PV modules to be used in a highly corrosive atmosphere (coastal areas, etc.) must qualify Salt Mist Corrosion Testing as per IEC 61701 / IS 61701.
IDENTIFICATION AND TRACEABILITY
Each PV module must use a RF identification tag (RFID), which must contain the following information:
(i) Name of the manufacturer of PV Module
(ii) Name of the Manufacturer of Solar cells
(iii) Month and year of the manufacture (separately for solar cells and module)
(iv) Country of origin (separately for solar cells and module)
(v) I-V curve for the module
(vi) Peak Wattage, Im, Vm and FF for the module
(vii) Unique Serial No and Model No of the module
(viii) Date and year of obtaining IEC PV module qualification certificate
(ix) Name of the test lab issuing IEC certificate
(x) Other relevant information on traceability of solar cells and module as per ISO 9000 series.
Until March 2013, the RFID can be inside or outside the module laminate, but must be able to withstand harsh environmental conditions. However from 1st April 2013 onwards; RFID shall be mandatorily placed inside the module laminate.
The validity of the existing Certificates/Reports in the old format/procedure shall be valid till March 2013 only. Manufactures are advised to get their samples tested as per the new format/procedure before 31st March 2013, whose validity shall be for five years.
AUTHORIZED TESTING LABORATORIES/ CENTERS
PV modules must qualify (enclose test reports/ certificate from IEC/NABL accredited laboratory) as per relevant IEC standard. Additionally the performance of PV modules at STC conditions must be tested and approved by one of the IEC / NABL Accredited Testing Laboratories including Solar Energy Centre. For small capacity PV modules up to 50Wp capacity STC performance as above will be sufficient. However, qualification certificate from IEC/NABL accredited laboratory as per relevant standard for any of the higher wattage regular module should be accompanied with the STC report/ certificate.
Details of Test Labs are given in the attached sheet: (Any other Test Lab that has set – up for testing and wants to get included may contact Director, MNRE)
While applying for Testing , the Manufacturer has to give the following details:
– A copy of registration of the company particularly for the relevant product/ component/ PV system to be tested
– An adequate proof from the manufacturer, actually showing that they are manufacturing product by way production, testing and other facilities
– Certification as per JNNSM standards for other bought out in terms used in the system without above proof test centers are advised not to accept the samples.
PV modules used in solar power plants/ systems must be warranted for their output peak watt capacity, which should not be less than 90% at the end of 10 years and 80% at the end of 25 years.
BALANCE OF SYSTEM (BOS) ITEMS/ COMPONENTS:
The BOS items/components of the SPV power plants/systems deployed under the Mission must conform to the latest edition of IEC/Equivalent BIS Standards/ MNRE specifications/ as specified in the attached file.
SOURCE: GOVT. OF INDIA, MINISTRY OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY