SAPVIA: New quality assurance standard

 

A new industry standard known as the PV GreenCard aims to make rooftop solar panel installation safer. According to SAPVIA CEO, Mike Levington, up until now there was no industry-wide, standardised PV licensing system or registration process, so the association developed the PV GreenCard as a means to promote quality and safe solar PV installations within the industry.

International solar PV experts have worked together with SAPVIA for over a year to develop the PV GreenCard training outline and material in line with the national Solar PV Technician Qualification. The project is the result of a partnership between SAPVIA and the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar), with support from GreenCape, SARETEC, DGS Berlin, and the German International Cooperation (GIZ).

Fifteen representatives from tertiary learning institutions around the country recently attended the first “Inform the Trainer” workshop at the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre (SARETEC). Attendees were shown how to train solar PV technicians on how to install solar panels to the industry-recognised guidelines and international best practice. Successful technicians will be issued with an occupational certificate as a Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician.

Once a PV GreenCard certified installer completes a new rooftop system, customers will be issued with an electronic PV GreenCard document. This e-document will confirm that the installer has complied with all relevant standards in the field of PV system design and installation. Accredited installers will also be added to a SAPVIA-approved PV installer database.

Solar PV has become increasingly popular in the residential, commercial and industrial market segment over the last several years, yet the industry remains largely unregulated. The PV GreenCard has been developed to serve as a national standardised “as built report” that should be issued with every small-scale Solar PV installation.

Contact Kim Thomas, SAPVIA, Tel 021 200-5856, kim@sapvia.co.za

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