This post is specific to Indian solar EPCs.

As of 2016, there are no specific certifications for solar EPC as a group.

In the absence of formal certification, an MNRE accredited channel partner is the primary certification to look for in a solar EPC.  To ensure that only capable channel partners are allowed to participate in the JNNSM mission, suitable EPCs get an accreditation from reputed rating agencies such as CRISIL, ICRA, CARE and Fitch, for submission of projects directly to MNRE.

Even to avail capital subsidies, the installer or EPC has to be MNRE certified. The accreditation process would categorize various entities into grades which would help in identifying those channel partners which have the capacity and capability to undertake these projects.

Some large EPCs also have international ISO certifications.

Now, while neither of the above – MNRE accreditation or ISO certification – ensures that the EPC will do a great job, these certifications will at least significantly lower the risk that you are choosing a poor EPC.

You might want to check out these questions too on EPCs- Contract Terms and Value Adds

  • What kind of guarantees is provided by a good EPC? – Here
  • Can you avail a free quote from an EPC before you decide on them? – Here
  • How important is the solar EPCs’ transparency in transactions? – Here
  • How will the level of sub-contracting done by a solar EPC affect the power plant installation? – Here
  • What difference can a solar EPC’s skill in engineering design bring to the power plant? – Here
  • What kind of team profile should you look for in a solar EPC? – Here
  • What are the usual timelines provided by good EPCs for project completion? – Here
  • How much do EPCs charge for their services? – Here
  • What value addition can solar EPCs with good industry partnerships provide? – Here
  • What should I be aware of while signing contracts with EPCs? – Here
  • What are the critical value-adds to expect from high-quality solar EPCs? – Here