26 Feb '13, 9pm

VDE, Fraunhofer Will Certify PV Plants for "Technical Bankability"

VDE, Fraunhofer Will Certify PV Plants for "Technical Bankability"

Plunging costs throughout the solar PV technology chain have helped to improve the cost profile of solar PV plants. But upstream upheaval also contributes to questions about supplier quality and viability, and adds uncertainty and risk for potential investors in a PV project. Standard certification of individual components by themselves is no longer sufficient to lower a plant's risk profile and make it more attractive to investors, according to the firms. What's needed is a higher level of certification that elevates the component-level view to system-wide performance and quality assurance. VDE is a well-known European standards body offering its stamp-of-approval brand for a wide range of components used in everything from household appliances to electric utility systems (including microinverters). Fraunhofer ISE, meanwhile, knows solar PV technology, and will offer yiel...

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