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MNRE Tests Installation of Innovative Solar Pump Technologies

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for installing innovative standalone solar pumps to promote technological innovation in the sector.


These guidelines pertain to solar pump installations under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) program. The guidelines were issued after it received input from industry stakeholders and innovators who claimed that using different software and designs could make solar pumps more efficient in terms of cost and performance than the ones specified by the Ministry.


The MNRE has permitted the installation of these pumps in test mode. The guidelines apply to all Indian innovators, manufacturers, and service providers who intend to install standalone solar pumps under the MNRE’s programs.


The Ministry will occasionally issue expressions of interest (EoI) inviting applications from interested parties who claim to have developed superior products. However, it noted that only products that are available for testing and field trials would be eligible. These products can be unpatented as well.


Applicants must specify how their product is different and must attach a cost-benefit analysis. The applications would be reviewed by an evaluation committee comprising technical, financial, and academic experts. Testing expenses will be borne by the applicant.


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