New Mexico, United States — CFV Solar Test Laboratory, a PV certification test company jointly owned by CSA Group, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE, and VDE Testing and Certification Institute will locate their new solar module testing laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The CFV Solar Test Laboratory will be located close to the airport, Sandia National Labs, the University of New Mexico, and other major players in the PV supply chain. The new facility will start operations in late 2010 and will test products for certification to North American and International PV-Test Standards.
“The decision to place this new solar testing facility in New Mexico puts us in the epicentre of the PV installation market in the U.S.” said Randall Luecke, president of CSA International. “The conditions, from a business and testing perspective, made choosing Albuquerque a strategically smart move that will allow for market growth and excellent outdoor test conditions.”
In addition to the CFV Solar Test Laboratory, Fraunhofer CSE and Fraunhofer ISE will operate a R&D facility at Mesa del Sol, focussing on long-term reliability, decreased cost and increased performance of PV modules. CFV Solar Test Laboratory and Fraunhofer USA will create 30 – 40 highly qualified jobs in the PV industry as a result of building these facilities and. The companies also plan to establish a state-of-the-art facility implementing the latest advances for PV performance and safety testing.