PVTIME – JA Solar, a manufacturer of high-performance photovoltaic (PV) products, was recognized as an “Overall High Achiever” in the PV Module Index Report 2020 (PVMI) recently released by the Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC) – an authoritative testing agency in the United States – for its modules’ excellent performance in strict testing for quality, reliability, and performance. The company is one of the three module manufacturers to win this recognition.
PVMI was first launched by RETC in 2019 in response to market demand. It is the first report in the industry that comprehensively covers the test results on the three aspects of quality, reliability, and performance. The report evaluates the modules through tests for damp heat (DH), humidity freeze (HF) and thermal cycle (TC), etc., and through the testing results of module efficiency, light-induced degradation (LID) and random sampling, etc. It aims to select the modules with the best performance to provide a reference to module manufacturers in product technology innovation, high-quality production, and to downstream manufacturers in module selection.
RETC said in the report that in order to select “the best of the best” among multiple module manufacturers, they scored and ranked the manufacturers based on comprehensive module quality, reliability, and performance. “Manufacturers and product lines that achieve high performance according to these three disciplines not only demonstrate a commitment to excellence but also provide a benchmark – a quantitative measure representing the best that the industry has to offer.”