IECRE Issues Two New Solar PV Certificates

Changchun, China, December. 19, 2019 /PVTIME/ -- Renewable energy now accounts for a third of global capacity, thanks to gains in solar and wind energy in 2018, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In 2018, 171 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity worldwide bringing total capacity to 2 351 GW in total, as noted in the IRENA Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019 report.

This is positive news, as the world works toward reducing fossil fuel
energy, however, there are many aspects to consider when developing large scale
renewable energy production sites.

Third party certification of wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and marine
energy equipment and services to consensus-based international standards,
supports manufacturers in the RE industry, by reducing risks, streamlining
costs, as well as enhancing market access.

the IEC System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in
Renewable Energy Applications, was established in 2014 to address these issues.

Certification plays a key role in RE industry

IECRE has recently issued a design certificate and a commissioning
certificate for a PV power plant in China owned by the Shanghai ZPMC Electric
Co., Ltd.

“Large-scale renewable energy production is very complex and costly, so it
is vital to ensure safety, reliability and suitability of location of the
particular plant for all parties concerned, from the initial design phase through
to the final disposal phase. IECRE issues certificates at different points of
the development, which cover these aspects for the production of solar PV, wind
and marine energy”, said Wolfram Zeitz, Secretary, IECRE.

There are four main phases in the lifecycle of PV plant: development,
construction, exploitation and disposal.

The design certificate is issued for the development phase and is intended
to cover the due diligence, usually of the developer, for the planning and
design of a PV power plant, in other words, before the plant is built. It

  • Verifying all available documents and information and how the power plant is supposed to be set up, from site suitability to components or materials used.
  • Are components such as PV modules and invertors to be certified.
  • What type of construction materials are going to be used, for example, wires, cables, connectors, distribution boxes etc.
  • Which company will be hired to install the plant, what qualifications they possess for this type of construction, as well as how to verify such qualifications.

The commissioning certificate is issued at the end of the construction
phase, at the point that a plant is supposed to go into production, so that it
may start working. This certificate is proof of verification that the
construction of the plant has followed the design.

Once a plant begins production it will be subject to further checks, such
as quality controls and annual performance certification to verify that the
performance rate is not dropping.

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