MNRE Issues Clarification on Testing Criteria Under its Solar Pumping Programme

It will no longer be required of implementing agencies to demand multiple test reports for the same pumps at different heads.

Solar Pump

The ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a notification clarifying the criteria for testing of solar pumps under the Solar Pumping Programme of the Ministry.

Responding to the issue raised by project developers the ministry issued a notice saying, “It has been brought to the notice of this Ministry that implementing agencies under the Solar Pumping Programme of the Ministry is asking for separate test report for different pump heads i.e. if a pump of 5 HP is already tested for 75 m head, the implementing agencies are insisting for separate certificate for 20 m and 50 m heads also.”

Deemed unnecessary to request multiple tests for the same solar pump for multiple heads, the ministry mandated that it will no longer be required of implementing agencies to demand multiple test reports for the same pumps at different heads.

Shobhit Srivastava, Scientist, on behalf of the Ministry said in a statement, “In this regard, I am directed to convey that under the solar pumping programme of MNRE, if an agency has a test report for a particular capacity solar pump for a particular head, there is no requirement of separate test reports for the same pump model up till the heads for which the test report is already available. For example, if a pump of X HP has test report for a head of Y meters, a separate test report is not needed for the same model pump of X HP for heads less than Y meters.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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