Photovoltaic modules are expected to reliably perform in the field for 25-plus years without significant performance degradation in extreme heat, cold, snow, hail, wind, and other conditions. This, combined with the fact that these modules and their components are manufactured in different countries, by many different companies, with differing levels of quality control, have made reliability and quality key concerns for the financiers investing in these products, the utilities maintaining these modules over their lifetime, and the manufacturers producing the modules.
In this whitepaper we uncover the benefits of a comprehensive testing plan of PV modules and equipment, which provides reliability assurance and quality to industry stakeholders as critical elements for steady growth.