BRE Global and TÜV Rheinland will be working together for access to the UK Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for PV system manufacturers under their newly executed memorandum of understanding (MOU). MCS, a UK-based program, certifies microgeneration technologies under vigorous criteria. Through the companies signed MOU, PV panel manufacturers who use TÜV Rheinland for testing and certification to apply for MCS approval through BRE Global. Ultimately, the MOU will see TÜV Rheinland oversee that testing and factory inspection, while BRE Global finalizes that quality review for the UK market.
Jörg Althaus, head of the photovoltaic modules qualification division at TÜV Rheinland in Germany stated, “The partnership with BRE Global is an important step towards expanding our global network of test services and certifications for the solar industry. Our mission is to offer manufacturers one-stop testing services with certification for all relevant markets worldwide. Our co-operation with BRE Global allows us to achieve that goal”.
To qualify for MCS certification PV panels will undergo two main compliance-testing instances. First, TÜV Rheinland will administer a factory inspection visit where it will assess and determine factory production control compliance under MCS 010. Additionally, TÜV Rheinland, at one of their six accredited laboratories, will test product conformity under MCS 005, including EN 61215 for crystalline PV and EN 61646 for thin film PV.
David Gall, MCS Scheme manager at BRE Global, said, “Certification by BRE Global under the MCS is vital for PV manufacturers who wish to demonstrate the quality of their products. This agreement with TÜV Rheinland provides access to the MCS program for manufacturers around the world.”