6th Quality Roundtable at SPI 2017

pv magazine held it’s 6th Annual Quality Roundtable at SPI in Las Vegas.  The event included a review of various anonymized quality cases in large scale pv plants and a panel discussion led by a variety of experts across the solar value chain.

 Check out the video above and the joint presentation for highlights and stay tuned for information on pv magazine’s future Rounddtables.

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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 roselund( at )pv-magazine.com. 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.


Related Information

For more information on our last editions, check out our Global website

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





This page was last updated on October 18, 2017.