The CFV Solar Test Laboratory, jointly owned by CSA Group, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, the Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems CSE and VDE Testing and Certification Institute, has revealed that its new solar module testing laboratory will be based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The new lab will be located within the Mesa del Sol development of Albuquerque meaning that it will be in close proximity to Sandia National Labs and the University of New Mexico. The facility will start operations in late 2010 and will test products for certification to North American and International PV test Standards.
“The decision to place this new solar testing facility in New Mexico puts us in the epicentre of the PV installation market in the U.S.” said Randall Luecke, president of CSA International. “The conditions, from a business and testing perspective, made choosing Albuquerque a strategically smart move that will allow for market growth and excellent outdoor test conditions.”
Fraunhofer CSE and Fraunhofer ISE will also operate an additional research and development facility at Mesa del Sol, focussing on long-term reliability, decreased cost and increased performance of PV modules.
“As we build a thriving solar industry in New Mexico, it is important that we attract all aspects of the industry. That is why I am pleased to announce the establishment of the CFV Solar Test Laboratory and the Fraunhofer R & D facility,” said Governor Bill Richardson. “Today’s announcement shows that our renewable energy policies and pro-business attitude continue to draw international interest and investment.”
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman said, “The decision to locate this unique solar testing lab in Albuquerque offers further evidence that New Mexico is fast becoming the West’s clean energy manufacturing hub. I’d like to be among the first to welcome Fraunhofer to our state. I am confident that our weather and our workforce will serve you very well.”