26 Dec '12, 5pm

What Do Solar Module Test Procedures Prove?: “The modules all met the same basic safety requirement yet perfor...

What Do Solar Module Test Procedures Prove?: “The modules all met the same basic safety requirement yet perfor...

“The modules all met the same basic safety requirement yet performance was different from one manufacturer to another," according to Intertek Group testing services Regional VP Sunny Rai. Performance stakes are high, Rai said, so “what banks, developers and manufacturers want to prove is very similar.” Manufacturers want to prove their product provides the promised return on investment (ROI) . Banks and developers want to verify they will get the promised ROI. To do this, Intertek developed its bankability testing. “Bankability is all about performance and ROI ,” Rai said. “The National Electrical Code requires products to be certified safe by a nationally recognized testing laboratory,” Rai said. “UL 1703 is the U.S. safety standard for solar modules.” Safety testing of a solar module has two parts, Rai said: construction evaluation and actual testing. “Construction evalu...

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