12 Dec '12, 5pm

Transparency and Better Forecasting Tools Needed for the Solar Industry

Transparency and Better Forecasting Tools Needed for the Solar Industry

Jenya Meydbray, CEO of PV Evolution Labs explained that as manufacturers have become squeezed with falling prices and reduced demand, many are looking to reduce production costs, which may lead to cutting corners, he said . PV Evolution Labs, in partnership with SolarBuyer is proposing that the industry adopt an Approved Vendor Standard, which would perform factory audits and module testing. Meydbray said this is common practice in more mature industry like semiconductors and traditional power generation. According to Meydbray, his company started performing independent testing on modules in 2010 and in 2011 SolarBuyer started independently auditing solar factories and doing pre-shipment inspections of large-quantities of new modules. Their results showed that out of more than 40 mainstream module manufacturers only 6 (15%) manufacturers delivered consistently good quality...

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