Some of the most common sources of degradation in the field actually come from manufacturing defects which are much easier to be detected in the factory.
Developers usually look at degradation modes triggered by the environment: hail, wind, heat, etc. However, some of the most common sources of degradation in the field actually come from manufacturing defects which are much easier to be detected in the factory. Manufacturing under a robust quality control and inspection/test plan executed by an accredited inspection body may identify these issues early and can save hundreds of thousands of dollars of monitoring and corrective actions.
Calling for the STS Standard for Approval and Dispatch of PV Modules (STS-STD-PVM1:2018©) protects your assets by offering:
– A homogeneous quality level across the entire portfolio (instead of having the quality depending entirely on the manufacturer – therefore different from manufacturer to manufacturer, or even from project to project – sometimes without knowing it);
– A guidance on what quality level is acceptable and what is not;
– A certificate of conformity that can be filed with the Project folder for future reference, for instance during an M&A…