As climate change propels nations and companies toward aggressive clean energy targets, the expansion of solar power must continue. But rapid growth is not without risk. As PV module manufacturing capacity increases, so do mistakes on production lines.
Technical advances are raising expectations for energy yield in the field. These expectations cannot be fulfilled if manufacturers overlook quality controls and buyers do not require these controls.
The high failure rates noted in this year’s Scorecard, particularly for junction boxes, prove that independent testing remains necessary.
Continuing on our decade+ mission to deliver empirical data that drives the adoption of reliable solar power, PVEL has partnered with Kiwa, a global testing, inspection and certification firm, to make our data matter for every solar power plant on every continent.
A Message from Our New Partner, Kiwa Group
We’re proud of our new partnership with PVEL because it offers a synergistic effect for our customers as demand for solar power grows.
PVEL’s North American presence brings Kiwa close to our customers on all continents – just as Kiwa’s global footprint brings PVEL closer to its partners around the world.
Together, we are increasing our contributions to the advancement of solar power and toward a better, more sustainable world.
Tara Doyle built the foundation of PVEL’s commercial operations when she joined in 2012 and is one of PVEL’s longest-standing employees. Downstream PV module buyers, investors and asset owners should contact Tara to learn more about our Product Qualification Programs.
As PVEL’s head of PV module business, Tristan collaborates with PV module buyers, investors, research institutions, and manufacturers to develop innovative performance and reliability test programs for product qualification. Manufacturers should contact Tristan to start testing their products at PVEL.
Additional contributors to the 2021 PV Module Reliability Scorecard include: David DeLong, Lee Malmgren, Max Macpherson, Tori Clifford, and Victor Samuel.
About PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)
PVEL is the leading independent lab for the downstream solar and energy storage industry and a member of the Kiwa Group.
As a bankability testing pioneer, PVEL has accumulated more than a decade of measured reliability and performance data for PV and storage equipment.
Today PVEL provides developers, investors and asset owners with a suite of technical services for mitigating risk, optimizing financing and improving system performance throughout the project lifecycle.
PVEL’s flagship Product Qualification Programs for PV modules, inverters and energy storage systems connect manufacturers with a global network of 400+ downstream partners representing 30+ gigawatts of annual buying power.