SolarBuyer Partners With the Photovoltaik Institute to Provide Independently Quality-Assured, Investment-Grade PV Modules

SolarBuyer Partners With the Photovoltaik Institute to Provide Independently Quality-Assured, Investment-Grade PV Modules

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SolarBuyer Partners With the Photovoltaik Institute to Provide Independently Quality- Assured, Investment-Grade PV Modules PR Newswire BERLIN, June 13, 2012 BERLIN, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SolarBuyer, a specialized procurement management company based in Berlin, Germany, and the PI- Photovoltaik Institute Berlin AG (PI-Berlin), a leading test and certification laboratory headquartered in Berlin, Germany, have created the solar industry's first one-stop shop for professional PV module procurement, independent quality assurance and expert product testing services. The new partnership enables SolarBuyer to offer enhanced module procurement services for project developers, installers and banks that now includes independent module testing by PI-Berlin. The new testing service is focused on evaluating the long-term performance and reliability of PV modules in order to help the buyer secure financing from banks and investors. A new certification (PI-Cert) is available for manufacturers who successfully pass all the tests. The newly developed service includes a broad range of PV module performance tests, including some tests which are not part of today's standard IEC or UL testing, but have an important influence on the field performance of modules. It also significantly extends standard IEC-based module stress testing and is designed to identify any critical failure mechanisms in the modules being tested.

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SolarBuyer Partners With the Photovoltaik
Institute to Provide Independently Quality-
Assured, Investment-Grade PV Modules
PR Newswire
BERLIN, June 13, 2012
BERLIN
,
June 13, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
SolarBuyer, a specialized procurement management
company based in
Berlin, Germany
, and the PI-
Photovoltaik Institute Berlin AG (PI-Berlin), a leading
test and certification laboratory headquartered in
Berlin, Germany
, have created the solar industry's first
one-stop shop for professional PV module
procurement, independent quality assurance and
expert product testing services.
The new partnership enables SolarBuyer to offer enhanced module
procurement services for project developers, installers and banks that now
includes independent module testing by PI-Berlin. The new testing service is
focused on evaluating the long-term performance and reliability of PV modules
in order to help the buyer secure financing from banks and investors. A new
certification (PI-Cert) is available for manufacturers who successfully pass all
the tests.
The newly developed service includes a broad range of PV module
performance tests, including some tests which are not part of today's standard
IEC or UL testing, but have an important influence on the field performance of
modules. It also significantly extends standard IEC-based module stress testing
and is designed to identify any critical failure mechanisms in the modules being
tested. PI-
Berlin
is also able to compare the performance and reliability of each
module with benchmark data from different manufacturers.
The new testing service was jointly developed by PI-Berlin and SolarBuyer
based on demand from the market. PI-
Berlin
and SolarBuyer are offering the
testing and certification service to PV module buyers, banks or investors
seeking independent verification that modules will perform reliably in the field
over their expected life. The service is also available to PV manufacturers
seeking to improve financing options and market potential for their products.
Mr. Peter Rusch, Managing Director of SolarBuyer stated that 'This exciting new
addition to our service portfolio provides buyers and banks with a brand new
way to deal with the lack of relevant quality standards in the industry and help
buyers select and purchase investment-grade PV modules'. Mr. Sven Lehmann,
Board Member of PI-Berlin AG, said 'We are delighted to be working with
SolarBuyer to provide independent module testing that helps the module buyer
make the right decisions at a time when selecting the right manufacturer can
be a daunting task'.
About SolarBuyer, LLC (http://www.solarbuyer.com)
SolarBuyer provides unique procurement management services for the solar
industry. SolarBuyer has developed a PV module procurement model based on
aggregating buyers demand, independently auditing and qualifying PV
manufacturers and assuring the quality of purchased modules with direct
factory oversight and independent source inspection of every delivered
module. The goal is to ensure that every module is independently quality-
assured and free from defects impacting field performance and reliability.
About PI Berlin AG (http://www.pi-berlin.com)
PI-
Berlin
is one of the world's leading solar test laboratories and research
institutes with over 10 years' experience testing PV modules and developing
cutting-edge testing methods. The founders of PI-Berlin have over 50 years
combined experience in
Germany
, the world's largest solar market. PI-
Berlin
has also developed a range of field diagnosis services for systems which are
offered world-wide to system owners and investors. PI-
Berlin
has over 40
employees and operates state-of-the-art laboratories in
Berlin, Germany
and
Suzhou,
China
.
For further information please contact:
SolarBuyer, LLC
Photovoltaik Institute AG
USA
Mr. Ian Gregory
+1.508.459.8550
Wrangelstraße 100
Europe
Mr. Peter Rusch
+49.30.9559.1343
10997
Berlin
-
Germany
Sven Lehmeann +49-172-3870077