Applying STS Standard (STS-STD-PVM1:2018©), first standard for approval of PV modules manufacturing, is a simple way to set both robust criteria (QCP) and a solid and complete inspection and test plan scope.
On October 27, 2021, STS had a webinar with PV magazine for a discuss about what elements should be placed into a purchase agreement, from adequate quality requirements to emerging supply chain requirements, and what support you can get from an accredited inspection body to ensure high quality PV module manufacturing and delivery.
Module buyers need to have a robust quality control plan (Design, Components, Process) and inspection & test plan (Long duration test, Factory audits, Production supervision 24/7, and Container loading check, etc.) to reduce purchasing risks effectively. Applying STS Standard (STS-STD-PVM1:2018©), first standard for approval of PV modules manufacturing, is a simple way to set both robust criteria (QCP) and a solid and complete inspection and test plan scope. A simple paragraph referring to the STS Standard in the contract offers protection in these two dimensions.
To adapt to a seller’s market, more and more developers are asking STS to support them in their contract negotiations. The STS Standard is used as a reference to evaluate the risk of each deviation from the Standard, providing buyers with the tools and knowledge they need to make an educated decision.
Besides, sustainability requirements are becoming mainstream, and traceability is the backbone of sustainable sourcing. Today, STS has evaluated the supply chain of factories representing more than 30GW of annual capacity, and the number is growing. Contact us for information on how to get access to this data.