While we at pv magazine are frequently celebrating the successes of the solar industry, there are times when we need to discuss the our challenges as well, so that the industry can improve and grow.
As part of that effort to do our small part to help the solar industry develop, pv magazine will be holding its 6th Quality Roundtable in partnership with DuPont on September 12 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, concurrent with the Solar Power International Trade show. This will be our second Quality Roundtable in the United States, following our roundtable at last years’ SPI.
During the 2017 roundtable, we will be discussing projects that have gone wrong, and what can be done in the future to avoid these problems. In order to do this, we need to hear from you.
Specifically, we are inviting you to send us cases of solar projects with problems, including module-related issues, issues with components, and post-commissioning O&M issues. The worse the problems and more complicated the case, the better.
Please send all cases to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All cases will be handled on a strictly confidential basis, and no names of manufacturers, developers, EPC, O&M or any other company involved are needed and none will be revealed during the roundtable. Our focus will be on what went wrong and how to solve these problems on a systemic basis, not who did what.
This discussion of problem cases will be followed by a moderated conversation of concrete steps that can be taken to improve quality from the factory to the field, featuring industry leaders and experts from both upstream and downstream companies.
More information on our 6th Quality Roundtable can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there, and to hearing from you.