In recent times there has been a lot of interest in DCR (Domestic Content Requirement) Solar Panels especially in residential solar rooftop installations. DCR is a term coined by the MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) to encourage the use of Made-in-India solar panels. As per MNRE DCR panels are defined as those solar panels or modules in which the solar cell and solar module must be made in India. This has become the mandate for certain projects promoted by MNRE especially for those for residential projects linked to any form of subsidy and CPSU scheme for more than 12,000 MW.
MNRE undertakes a review every year of the Make-in-India initiative and its progress and is based on the capacities of various stages of solar manufacturing in India. MNRE may increase the domestic content use to include wafers, ingots, and polysilicon manufactured in India in the coming years. At this moment there are no players for wafers or ingots hence it may be limited to the cells and solar panels made-in-India.
In India, the cell capacity is limited to 3 GW/year and mostly as of today. There is a misconception that the DCR panels are inferior to high-efficiency panels. Please refer to our earlier blog on what are the important criteria one needs to consider when choosing a good solar panel. DCR panels are as good as the manufacturer who manufactures the product. In India, the module capacity has increased dramatically in recent times and there are several high-quality solar module manufacturers in India.
For high-quality DCR & NON-DCR panels, we always recommend Solar Panels from Pennar Solar owing to the fact that it is backed by a 15-year product warranty and from a company that has a 45 year legacy in the manufacturing of several engineered products.
For more details of DCR panels, you may refer here.