Star rating programme for solar PV modules to help consumers make informed decision: RK Singh

Consumers will soon be able to choose solar panels with higher efficiency under the government's new star rating programme for solar PV modules
Star rating programme for solar PV modules to help consumers make informed decision: RK Singh
Star rating programme for solar PV modules to help consumers make informed decision: RK SinghRK Singh

New Delhi: Like home appliances, consumers will soon be able to choose solar panels with higher efficiency under the government's star rating programme for solar photovoltaic module, which was launched on Friday. Union Minister for Power, New and Renewable Energy RK Singh launched on Friday the initiative which provides ratings from 1-5 stars on the basis of the efficiency of solar modules.

In his address, Singh said that now consumers can make an informed decision. The ratings will help consumers choose the best of the panels while getting solar installations from vendors.

'By checking star ratings, one can select more efficient panels'

"Like the appliances where there is star ratings, you know which appliance is better in terms of energy efficiency. Similarly, now the consumer will not be at the mercy of the seller for solar installations. By checking the star ratings, one can select the more efficient panels," the minister said.

This will also help build consumer confidence and give a push to solar installations in the country, he added.

Star-rating programme will be made mandatory after 2 yrs: Singh

The programme is voluntary for the first two years and will be made mandatory after that, Singh said. All the panel manufacturers will have to get registered under the programme to get their products rated. The star labelling scheme prepared by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for PV modules is from January 1, 2024 till December 31, 2025.

Singh also asked officials to do an annual review of the ratings programme to assess if any manufacturer is not becoming part of the initiative and take measures accordingly.

Star rating programme for solar PV modules to help consumers make informed decision: RK Singh
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BEE, under Ministry of Power, promotes the use of energy-efficient processes, equipment, devices and systems. It takes various steps to encourage preferential treatment for the use of energy-efficient equipment or appliances.

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