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UL launches solar inspection certificate service for PV power plants

UL, a global, independent safety science company has announced a new offering of a PV Power Plant Certificate: a solar plant verification and inspection service for photovoltaic (PV) power plants for commercial and industrial to large megawatt-scale projects. The service, unveiled recently, is now available in India.

Solar plant developers, owners and financiers can benefit from an affordable or third-party independent assessment of a PV power plant’s creditability and quality. The delivered certificate attests that a PV power plant complies with the criteria outlined in the inspection program, based on the IEC 62446-1 standard, at the time of the inspection. All PV plant inspection certificates will be made publicly accessible on UL’s online directory.

“UL’s Solar Inspection Certification Service will help players in India’s booming solar market demonstrate compliance to global standards of quality and performance. As the quality ecosystem of the solar industry evolves, we are committed to diversify our service portfolio to support relevant stakeholders enhance the creditability of the certificate owner among financiers and customers. The unique service is also a step to streamline transparency through UL’s third-party inspection and verification services”, said
Chakradhar Byreddy, director for renewable energy in Asia
Pacific at UL.

The goal of this new service is to verify the performance of PV systems at stages of commissioning or during operation. UL offers two tiers of assessment that includes a desktop review of the power plant’s components, and different levels of testing or inspection of a plant’s components for safety and performance.

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