PVEL Opens New Inverter Test Center to Support Residential, Commercial and Utility-Scale Solar Projects

PVEL Opens New Inverter Test Center to Support Residential, Commercial and Utility-Scale Solar Projects

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 21, 2020

PVEL's unique product qualification testing for string inverters and power electronics will now take place at its newly renovated South San Francisco lab

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), the leading independent test lab for the global downstream solar industry, has opened an advanced inverter test center with 1500V capabilities at its newly renovated South San Francisco lab. The company is now evaluating the performance, reliability and functionality of string inverters and power electronics for solar projects of almost any scale under one roof. PVEL previously conducted inverter testing at its Berkeley headquarters.

A PVEL lab technician notes power measurements of a solar inverter

"In the past 12 months, we have observed inverter failures accounting for nearly 80% of lost production in PV power plants before the interconnection point and a major portion of unscheduled maintenance costs," commented Joe Kastner, CEO of Radian Generation. "Understanding inverter quality and supply chain constraints are key to controlling and understanding these costs. Inverters are critical to the financial performance of solar power plants and PVEL's independent testing is a great tool for understanding inverter risk and informing procurement decisions."

First established in 2014, PVEL's PV Inverter Product Qualification Program (PQP) is a unique suite of tests that replicate field failures as well as operating behavior that reduces energy yield. The program evaluates inverters beyond certification safety tests and datasheet specifications so that buyers can accurately model performance under varying environmental and interconnection conditions.

"PVEL's PQP supports technical due diligence and risk mitigation by helping buyers identify inverters and power electronics that meet their long-term expectations for energy yield, product life and functionality," commented Jenya Meydbray, CEO of PVEL. "Our data drives granular energy yield and O&M models for solar projects of any scale, ultimately increasing investor confidence in an asset's economic performance."

The following product qualification services are now available at PVEL's state-of-the-art inverter test center:

"PVEL deployed the most advanced power electronics testing and measurement technologies available for the upgraded lab," commented Thomas Goetzl, vice president and general manager of Keysight Technologies' automotive and energy solutions, a global leader in electronics laboratory testing equipment. "As one of the world's leading suppliers of electronics testing solutions, we can say that PVEL's revamped South San Francisco facility is among the most sophisticated inverter labs in the solar industry."

Like all PVEL test programs, the PV Inverter PQP is regularly updated in response to technology advancements and evolving market needs and regulations. For more information, click here to download PVEL's PV Inverter PQP brochure.

About PV Evolution Labs (PVEL)

PVEL is the leading reliability and performance testing lab for downstream solar project developers, financiers, and asset owners and operators around the world. With over ten years of experience and accumulated data, PVEL conducts testing that demonstrates solar technology bankability. Its trusted, independent reports replace assumptions about solar equipment performance with data-driven, quantifiable metrics that enable efficient solar project financing and development. The PVEL network connects all major PV and storage manufacturers with 400+ global downstream partners representing 30+ gigawatts of annual buying power. PVEL's mission is to support the worldwide PV downstream buyer community by generating data that accelerates adoption of solar technology. Learn more at pvel.com.

For further information, contact:

Tori Clifford
Head of Marketing
pr@pvel.com
+1 301-717-6796

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