VDE Americas and First Solar join forces to reduce risk for PV power plant operations

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VDE Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the certification body VDE Institute, has established partnership with First Solar to deliver the highest levels of quality and reliability for entire PV solar power systems.

The partnership aims to raise the industry bar for technical bankability and risk reduction for PV power plant operators, investors and financial entities, the company said.

Azmat Siddiqi, First Solar’s senior vice president of Quality and Reliability, said, “This expanded relationship with VDE documents rigorous quality assurance requirements at the PV plant/system level, and establishes our position as a leader in technical bankability.”


The “VDE Quality Tested” mark for PV power plants was designed by VDE together with its partner, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), a world-leading applied research institute in the field of solar energy.

The testing portfolio delivers significant advantages in four key areas: electrical and mechanical safety of the system; system performance (through a highly accurate energy yield report); proper system operation; and independent verification for investors, lenders, insurance companies and other stakeholders by highly competent and reputable independent experts.

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