As deployment of PV has entered the gigawatt range globally, quality, both in terms of PV modules and installations, is increasingly coming under scrutiny. Quality installations and PV components should have always been of primary concern to the solar industry and its many stakeholders. Decreasing incentives and PPA/tariff rates set by bid have put pressure on quality control for both components and installations.
Though recycling is important, it is equally important to have an industry focus on increasing
quality requirements. Simply put, a minimum standard, which most standards are, is not enough. The PV industry is simply too small in comparison with conventional energy and wind to accept less than the highest quality. Acceptance of lower quality will come at a high cost in terms of solar’s future as a primary electricity choice in the future energy mix.