Suntech Power is the first solar company in Asia to be awarded the VDE Test Data Acceptance Program (TDAP) certificate in accordance with all the requirements of IEC 61215.
Qiang Han, General Manager of VDE Shanghai, said “We are impressed by Suntech’s comprehensive quality testing processes, a number of which exceed IEC certification requirements. As a leading global solar company, Suntech is setting a fantastic example of how to ensure consistent, high quality production.”
As part of the program, VDE will regularly send personnel to Suntech to witness the implementation of key quality tests and procedures. Participation in the TDAP is expected to accelerate Suntech’s ongoing IEC certification process from approximately seven months to just four months. This should enable Suntech to bring its most up-to-date products to market quicker.
Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s chairman and CEO, said, “We view quality as key to the long-term success of the solar industry. Suntech’s commitment to reliability, represented in our industry-leading quality control teams, state-of-the-art product testing infrastructure, and our track record of over 1.5GW of installed solar products, gives customers the confidence and performance they need to generate decades of sustainable and clean energy. We will work closely with VDE and other internationally respected quality organizations to guarantee current and future generations of solar technology.”
Suntech’s PV module testing facility is the largest in China with 1400m2 and 7000m2 of indoor and outdoor testing space, respectively. All the equipment and testing procedures meet or exceed the stringent standards of UL1703, IEC61215 and IEC61730-2.