Skip to main content

Quality Management Systems for PV Manufacturing


Key requirements in the proposed standard include:

• Focus on the organization’s control of the PV module’s design to align the expected lifetime with its relationship to the organization’s warranty. Warranty claims must be addressed by product and process design or by financial means

• Requirement to ensure the manufacturer has considered potential failure modes (e.g., through a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, FMEA) and has taken steps to address those in the design, production, application and delivery process

• Requirement to obtain IEC product certification and implement an ongoing reliability test program that monitors PV modules’ performance for compliance with standards and the stated design lifetime

• Requirement to improve product traceability through the entire supply chain to enact positive control of the product for recalls and warranty claims

• Design of a manufacturing process that will ensure conformance to the design intent for performance, lifetime, and warranty

• Special processes, such as control of solderability, electrostatic discharge (ESD) control, and assignment of PV module power rating

Resource Type

Browse Resources by Related Topics:

Related Resources

Thursday, Jul 08, 2021

Letter to House Ways & Means Committee Regarding the Solar Industry's Infrastructure Priorities

SEIA submitted a letter to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richie Neal (D-MA), articulating the industry's priorities for the once-in-a-generation infrastructure legislation currently under consideration. An excerpt from the letter is included below and you can read the full letter at the link above. 

Read More
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021

Solar Market Insight Report 2021 Q2

The quarterly SEIA/Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables U.S. Solar Market InsightTM report shows the major trends in the U.S. solar industry. Learn more about the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Released June 15, 2021.

Read More
Thursday, May 06, 2021

National Solar Jobs Census 2020

Since 2010, the National Solar Jobs Census has been the definitive measure of solar energy industry employment in the United States, charting the growth of the solar workforce alongside the rise of solar energy as a major contributor to the U.S. energy supply and economy as a whole.

Read More