DuPont and SECI partner on quality standards for Indian solar market

Materials supplier DuPont has partnered with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a not-for-profit working on the country’s solar programme, in order to debate quality standards for India’s PV market to ensure safety, reliability and profitability of solar projects in the country.

The two organisations hosted a workshop for policy makers and industry members to discuss codes and standards and typical failures found in solar projects. The focus was on best practice and how to improve the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE).

Recommendations from the workshop will be submitted to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to help improve current quality standards for Indian PV projects.

Rajaram Pai, business leader, DuPont, South Asia, said: “Participants across the solar value chain need to ensure that solar installations are able to reliably produce power for 25 years or more to ensure the return on investments that system owners and investors.”

Ashvini Kumar, managing director, SECI, said: “Establishment of uniform standards and quality standards is a continuing area of focus in India’s story of solar development for long-term sustenance. International standards, including International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards, need to be consciously adapted to suit our climatic and operational conditions to mitigate risks such as permanent power degradation, panel failures, or electrical safety issues.”

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