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India Introduces Standards and Labeling Program for Solar Inverters

-The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) announced a Standards and Labeling Program for grid-connected solar inverters without storage, effective from March 15, 2024.

-The program aims to improve overall efficiency, leading to estimated energy savings of 21.1 billion kWh and a reduction of 15.1 million tons of CO2 emissions from FY 2024-25 to 2033-34.

-All single-phase and three-phase grid-connected solar inverters up to 100 kW must participate, with eligibility limited to Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)-certified inverters complying with IS 16221-2:2015.

-An endorsement label indicating overall efficiency will replace star labelling, with fees required for registration, model permission, and labelling.

-BEE will conduct random sampling from manufacturers for initial testing, followed by a second test if needed, with non-compliant models subject to withdrawal and corrective actions.

Originally published on Mercom India

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