Building a Sustainable Future for Large-Scale Solar PV in the U.S.

4th pv magazine Quality Roundtable during SPI in Las Vegas

Photo: pv magazine/Nicole Hernandez
Voting on responsabilities at the roundtable. Photo: pv magazine/Nicole Hernandez

pv magazine’s Quality Roundtable makes U.S. debut

The fourth pv magazine Quality Roundtable, the first in the United States, took place during the Solar Power International trade show in Las Vegas. The meeting revealed that experts in the U.S. market also regard hot spots as a serious issue. It highlighted that in parts of the U.S. there are projects in which everything that can go wrong, did go wrong.

Another key issue discussed during the Roundtable was how investors can find a trustworthy EPC, particularly in an emerging solar state.

The Roundtable was sponsored by DuPont, Multi-Contact, CEA and Suntech.

See report from pv magazine’s Quality Roundtable at SPI in Las Vegas in September 2016

Presentations for Download

Thomas Earnest, Global Business Development Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Download DuPont presentation

Brian Mills, Product Manager Photovoltaics North America, Multi-Contact AG
Download Multi-Contact presentation

Alex Zhu, President of SFCE (Shunfeng International Clean Energy) America
Download Suntech presentation

Andy Klump, CEO & Founder Clean Energy Associates (CEA)
Download CEA presentation


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Sponsorship opportunities

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PV magazine’s survey winner

We are pleased to announce the winner of an iPhone 6 of our raffle: Yaeko Minamikawa, Sales specialist at Mitsubishi Materials, Schaumburg, Illinois, USA. Mitsubishi Materials supply various metal and oxide targets needed to manufacture CIGS photovoltaic cells, thin film silicon photovoltaic cells, and other products.

General Information

Fourth pv magazine Quality Roundtable:

  • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on September 14, 2016 during SPI in Las Vegas
  • Springhill Suites at Las Vegas Convention Center
  • Register at no cost at: roundtable( at )
  • Target audience: Asset managers, EPCs, operations & maintenance suppliers (O&M), system designers and independent engineers, financial institutions, insurance companies, investors, system owners (utilities, gencos, IPPs, as well as C & I system owners), certification and testing bodies, research institutes and universities, industry associations, government entities, codes & standards and regulatory agencies.
  • MCs: pv magazine


pv magazine Quality Roundtable concept

Learn by the discussion of low quality cases

Launched successfully at Intersolar EU in 2015, the 4th pv magazine Quality Roundtable will present 3 to 4 anonymized cases of problems with PV-modules, BOS reliability and quality.

Starting from these presentations, we will discuss with panelists and participants the technical and legal aspects of these cases.

We aim to develop take-home messages how to avoid these issues in future installations, or, if this seems too costly or not possible, how to deal with it in the operational phase of the solar PV plant.

Between cases 2 and 3, expert panelists present in 5 minute segments, followed by a discussion of their presentations. In this part of the roundtable, pv magazine contributes with a summary of the results of the 3 quality roundtables held in Europe and a discussion which lessons learned in Europe are helpful to the U.S. large-scale market.

Register at no cost at: roundtable( at )

Read also the low quality cases:
-> “Poor quality planning: Shifting the blame, passing the buck
-> “Melting backsheets, broken cells, and hotspots
-> “Burnt out, incompatible connectors
-> “PID-related performance drop in a solar farm


Further Roundtable material:
-> Interview with George Touloupas, Director of Technology and Quality at CEA
Minor differences in yield percentage make the difference between good and bad investment

We are interested in your own experience

Black sheepPlease send us your descriptions of cases where modules malfunctioned or when panel manufacturers, EPCs or O&M providers provided poor service. Please send us your black sheep cases to michael.fuhs( at ) We are looking for positive cases, where the above-mentioned suppliers corrected their mistakes to your satisfaction, as well as negative cases, where the responsible parties let you stand in the rain. We will handle your descriptions with strict confidentiality. We will contact you and ask for your agreement before we research, try to find solutions with the parties involved, or publish.

Why the term “black sheep”? pv magazine does not want to finger point on companies, therefore cases are presented only on an anonymized basis. We also believe, that most quality problems concern the whole value chain and therefore require discussion with all parties. “Black sheep” are those who don’t take their responsibility seriously. The discussion and voting at the pv magazine roundtables have shown, that mostly there are no completely black or completely white sheep, but that there are structural problems which lead to situations in which responsibilities are not entirely clear.

How valuable these cases are for the discussion can be gleaned in our reports of cases we have already researched, e.g. about hotspots, problems with cabling and PID.

Click here to read about the low quality cases we reported on in Europe.

Survey on quality and reliability of solar PV power plants in the U.S.

For the preparation of the roundtable, pv magazine conducts a survey among investors, EPCs, installers, O&M providers and others on the quality and reliability of PV installations in the U.S. The results will be discussed at the roundtable.

Please participate in our survey with the chance to win an iPhone 6.

Link to the survey


Related Information


See Conclusions from first pv magazine quality roundtable at Intersolar Europe 2015

Report on what module quality means, why it is important and what steps can be taken to assure quality.


See report from pv magazine’s quality roundtable at Intersolar Europe 2016

3rd pv magazine Quality Roundtable

Third pv magazine quality roundtable at Intersolar Europe

See content and presentations of the 3rd pv magazine quality roundtable at  Intersolar Europe 2016. Link