Solar Manufacturer Achieves Certification

Photowatt International S.A., a manufacturer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and modules fulfilled all the requirements to receive certification from the Global Approval Program for Photovoltaics (PV GAP) to display the PV Quality Mark on two crystalline PV module families (PW 1250 and PW 1650).

Lyon, France – March 28, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Requirements to obtain the license to display the PV Quality Mark on products requires an IECQ (IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components) certification that the manufacturer has a valid ISO 9000 or similar Quality Management System (QMS) certification, which Photowatt received from LCIE of France. It is also a requirement that the PV modules were successfully tested according to an applicable International Standard (IEC 61215) by an accredited PV testing laboratory (in this case JRC Ispra). An important additional requirement is that the manufacturer completes the PV GAP Product Quality Assurance Specification (PQAS), which prescribes when modules have to be re-tested. By obtaining the license to display the PV Quality Mark on their PV modules, Photowatt demonstrated that its products are able to fulfill the state of art highest quality requirements and differentiate them from those of other producers with unknown quality. The visual recognition of the PV Quality Mark simplifies for customers the selection of quality products. The World Bank recommends to use the PV GAP Quality Mark to eliminate country-by-country re-certification. PV GAP is a worldwide organization created on the initiative of the PV Industry Associations, research and development bodies, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to promote quality for the assurance of the performance of PV products (components and systems). PV GAP established the PV Quality Mark for PV components and the PV Quality Seal for PV systems.

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