Last week Sunkalp Energy had reported how some of the largest solar product manufactures were struggling with BIS implementation due to un-preparedness of the labs approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards to certify solar inverters and modules. As short term relief measure the, government released a notification on Saturday, extending the date for implementation of BIS standards until 1st Jan 2019.
While this is good news for running projects that had been stalled due to BIS implementation, it still remains to be if and how manufacturers will be able to pull of the certifications in the upcoming two months.
Given that the solar industry in India is growing at an unprecedented rate with an increasing number of competent manufacturers mushrooming, we suggest that MNRE and the central government increase their investments in building diagnostic and testing capacity.
Which testing capabilities are still available for solar modules, the real challenge lies with testing of solar inverters of capacities about 10 kW.