San Jose to Welcome Underwriters Laboratories’ Solar Testing Facility


The City of San Jose, Calf., says that Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a provider of product safety testing and certification, will open a state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) testing and certification facility located at 2191 Zanker Rd. in north San Jose.

The multi-million dollar project, called Underwriters Laboratories Photovoltaic Technology Center of Excellence, is a 20,000 square-foot facility intended to increase testing capacity for the renewable energy industry and get UL-listed PV products to market faster.

The testing and certification site is targeted to open in July and will initially employ 25 technicians and staff over the next five years, and offer a full portfolio of pre-certification services, including R&D and training. In addition to collaborating with the City of San Jose, UL is working with SolarTech, an initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, to help reach as many solar product manufacturers as possible, the City of San Jose notes.

UL decided to develop its testing facility in San Jose, the largest of its kind in North America to date, to partner with the growing community of solar start-ups and existing companies who are bringing new technology, including thin-film PV, concentrated solar power and other cell technologies into mainstream production.

SOURCE: City of San Jose, California

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