Canadian Consulting Engineer

Solar panel testing lab opens in Vancouver

June 3, 2009
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

Canadian Standards International has opened a laboratory for testing and certifying solar panels and equipment in V...

Canadian Standards International has opened a laboratory for testing and certifying solar panels and equipment in Vancouver. The laboratory can perform tests to simulate extreme weather fluctuations and to ensure PV modules meet shock and fire standards. It also tests the panels for reverse current overloads, as well as for current leakage and water leakage.

The 2008 world market for PV installations in 2008 was $37.1 billion and reached a record high of 5.95 gigawatts. Prices for PV equipment have declining on average at 4% every year.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most solar electric systems last 30 years.

The new laboratory is in Richmond, B.C. on Commerce Parkway near Highway 91.

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