Communication of PV QA Ratings to the Community: Task Group 6

Task Group 6 is focused on how to communicate the conclusions of the Task Force.

This group communicates with influencer organizations, financiers, stakeholders and users of the standards. The group aims to facilitate the dissemination information as well as solicit and collect community feedback.

Progress Update

The group has established an independent communication plan focused on the organization and its objectives. The plan outlines the audience, expected reach, penetration strategy, localization, and adoption tactics. The first output will be a two-page brochure with a broad audience to identify the organization, timeline, participation, funding partners, and expected outcomes. This will then be the lead material for distribution to the public, media, influencer organizations, and competing programs. The document will be available by May for all taskforce members to share broadly. 

There has been created (see link below) a LinkedIn International PV Module QA Taskforce group with 58 current members, 26% classified as 'senior' level. Member participation is encouraged. 

The communication plan then sets to further secure member states for support of the standards. The goal is to have localized representatives in all pertinent global markets for the adoption of the standards. In the interim, localized evangelists will be able to represent the interests with consistent branded collateral. Competing programs will be contacted and invited to participate in this forum.

The aim is to reach global media through thought leadership, social media, direct influencer relations, and research findings. The communication team will be available to direct media discussions about the importance of quality and thought leadership quotes. The communication team will follow up with a targeted media list to participate in upcoming articles and share published work.

Related Resources

International PV Module Quality Assurance LinkedIn Group

A Framework for a Comparative Accelerated Testing Standard for PV Modules — As the photovoltaic industry has grown, the interest in comparative accelerated testing has also grown. Private test labs offer testing services that apply greater stress than the standard qualification tests as tools for differentiating products and for gaining increased confidence in long-term PV investments. While the value of a single international standard for comparative accelerated testing is widely acknowledged, the development of a consensus is difficult. This paper strives to identify a technical basis for a comparative standard.

Task Leaders

David Williams — Dissigno
Sarah Kurtz — National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Pierre Verlinden — Trina Solar, representing China
Haiyan Qin — China General Certification Center, representing China

Other leaders are welcome.

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United States Department of Energy (DOE)
European Commission DG JRC

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