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Quality assurance crucial for PV market, says IRENA

In a recent report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), emphasis is placed on quality assurance and the crucial role it plays in achieving a robust photovoltaic (PV) market and confidence from investors, policy makers and consumers.

The paper was launched last week in Chile, at the Forum on Regional Cooperation: Developing Quality Infrastructure for Photovoltaic Energy Generation.

Speaking during the event, Chile’s minister of energy, Andrés Rebolledo, noted that the forum was aimed at supporting the establishment of a collaborative network between quality infrastructure institutes in the region.

“We are experiencing a solar revolution in Chile, and this is the result of the policies that we have implemented in the last three years,” Rebolledo said.

Quality assurance for PV technology

Expanding on the importance of the seminar and what makes it unique, the IRENA director-general, Adnan Z. Amin, said: “This forum supports policy-makers and industry across Latin America to implement the quality assurance instruments needed for the successful deployment of PV technology.”

Amin further highlighted that through success stories from frontrunner countries, IRENA indicates in the report that the benefits of providing quality infrastructure services results in additional revenues for PV markets. Read more…

“The implementation of quality infrastructure can enable an effective route to achieve policy objectives of renewable energy, as it has a positive impact in each of the stages of the technology lifecycle,” he added.

Titled, ‘Boosting Solar PV Markets: The Role of Quality Infrastructure’, the report describes how a quality infrastructure can support the uptrend of newly installed PV capacity, which is expected to be maintained in the years to come as new markets in Latin America, the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Asia continue to expand.

IRENA projects that by 2030 the total installed PV capacity could range between 1,760GW and 2,500GW.


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