The Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB) has simplified certification regulations for installers of solar and wind projects in the country to facilitate promotion and expansion of renewable energy sources.

Effective from Aug 30, 2021, the new regulations have been enacted as part of “Ease of Doing Business” and for promoting clean and green energy.

Previously, the AEDB had approved the Certification Regulations in 2018 for safe, secure and quality-assured supply of solar and wind energy generation projects, installation and servicing thereof for small-scale industrial, agricultural, commercial and residential consumers.

The AEDB had carried out certification of vendors, installers and service providers (for both net-metering systems and off-grid systems) and had certified a total of 126 vendors, installers and service providers who have since installed approximately 13,000 net-metering based systems all across the country with cumulative capacity of more than 200 megawatts.

The new regulations have been formulated after extensive consultation with the public and private sector stakeholders to further simplify existing regulations and make the market more competitive.

The regulations are applicable for distributed generation projects of all sizes, except net-metering which is up to one megawatt only. The term of the certificate under the new regulations has also been increased from one year to 3 years.

According to the new rules, certified installers would be responsible for providing minimum warranties for wind and solar energy equipment, ensuring compliance with international standards and educating the customer about the equipment.

The installers would rectify a breach of warranty at its own cost within 14 days of breach of warranty and shall pay appropriate compensation to the customer on failure to rectify the breach.

AEDB CEO Shah Jahan Mirza said new simplified regulations would act as a catalyst for promotion of clean energy in Pakistan through distributed generation exploiting huge wind and solar energy potential in the country.

From : pk.mashable.com

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