First PV Testing Lab in Asia to Be Certified for VDE Test Data Acceptance Program in Accordance with IEC 61215WUXI, China, Dec 21, 2009 /PRNewswire-Asia via COMTEX/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
(NYSE: STP), the world's largest crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) module
manufacturer, today announced that it 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. The award is further recognition of
Suntech's strong commitment to implementing world-class quality processes to
ensure solar panel performance.
Dr. 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
As part of the program, VDE will regularly send experienced personnel to
witness the implementation of key quality tests and procedures at Suntech.
Participation in the TDAP is expected to accelerate Suntech's ongoing IEC
certification process from approximately seven months to four months, enabling
Suntech to bring the latest solar products to market faster.
Dr. 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 world-class PV module testing facility is the largest in China
with 1,400sqm and 7,000sqm of indoor and outdoor testing space, respectively.
The cutting-edge test equipment includes a walk-in UV light chamber, a walk-in
salt mist chamber, a water vapor test, pulse and continuous solar simulators,
walk-in climate chambers, mechanical load and hail testers,
electroluminescence testers, and high precision infrared cameras to evaluate
module integrity. All the equipment and testing procedures meet or exceed the
stringent standards of UL1703, IEC61215 and IEC61730-2. In June 2009,
Suntech's PV module testing facility became the first in China to be awarded
the Underwriters Laboratories Witness Testing Data Program certificate.
VDE, the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies,
is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe with
more than 34,000 members. VDE is active in over 50 countries world wide, with
headquarters in Frankfurt am Main.
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) is the world's leading solar
energy company as measured by production output of crystalline silicon solar
modules. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets premium quality,
high-output, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar products for
electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and
public utility sectors. Suntech offers an extensive range of customer-centric
innovations, including Suntech's patent-pending Pluto technology for
crystalline silicon solar cells, which improves power output by up to 12%
compared to conventional production methods, the Reliathon(TM), the industry's
first fully integrated utility-scale solar platform, and a broad range of
building-integrated solar products.
Suntech designs and delivers commercial and utility scale solar power
systems in China and the United States. With regional headquarters in China,
Switzerland and San Francisco and sales offices worldwide, Suntech is
passionate about improving the environment we live in and dedicated to
developing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development. For
more information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
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