DNV GL, a global energy advisory and independent testing company, has launched a new service addition to its PV module Product Qualification Program: Mounting System Installation Efficiency Testing.
According to the company, the new service helps lower risks and make more accurate labor projections in solar panel installation. Ray Hudson, DNV GL's global solar service line leader, says, ‘Our solar customers asked us to step forward and provide standardized, independent testing. This helps them establish and evaluate their decisions based upon a common set of metrics for racking installations.’
Jenya Meydbray, DNV GL's head of qualification and component testing and former CEO of recently acquired PV Evolution Labs, notes that the company is able to conduct both commercial and residential testing.
"The standardized process begins with trained PV technicians performing an installation at the DNV GL test facility, which is captured on time-lapse cameras for review," explains Meydbray." Expert DNV GL engineers assess installation times, efficiencies and areas for improvement. This gives mounting system vendors and downstream partners an 'apples to apples' comparison to make decisions."