India trims obstacles for foreign wind turbine makers - report
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The Indian renewable energy ministry has made changes in its wind turbine approval process in order to make it easier for foreign turbine suppliers to enter the market.
The requirement for suppliers to have some manufacturing capacity in India remains, Indian daily The Economic Times said Friday.
According to the report, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has eliminated the certification committee that was in charge of turbine model approvals. This is expected to reduce the time needed to get certification.
Now, turbine makers have to submit details of a product online to the ministry. They enter the Revised List of Models and Manufacturers (RLMM) if the models meet Indian specifications.
Varsha Joshi, former joint secretary at MNRE, was cited as saying that the move would ensure greater competition on the wind equipment market. He further said that products meeting international standards will immediately get certification for the Indian market.