Tenesol, owned by Total and EDF, has become the first French manufacturer of solar PV panels to be awarded the triple certification of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OSHAS 18001 certifications. Benoit Rolland, general manager of Tenesol said, “The increased demand for solar energy worldwide has reinforced our commitment to total quality, sustainable development and safety. We are delighted to achieve this triple certification – it is a testament to our continued efforts in these areas and it will no doubt foster further improvement in all aspects of our work.”
Tenesol was originally certified with ISO 9001 in October 2003, it was then recertified with the accreditation in 2009, when it was updated. Each PV panel Tenesol manufactures has to undergo quality control procedure complete with an assessment sheet detailing the results of its numerous performance tests. This guarantees that each module complies with CE/ISO 9001 and 14001 manufacturing standards.
Also in 2009, Tenesol’s plants in Toulouse, France and Cape Town, South Africa were awarded ISO 14001 certification in recognition of Tenesol’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact. Tenesol is also a member of PV Cycle, the organization that promotes the take-back and recycling of end-of-life PV modules.
Then later, in December 2009, the company’s Toulouse facility was further awarded OSHAS 18001 certification, which focuses on the management of health and safety in the working environment.