The Positive Quality™ Program promotes solar PV module brands that are proven to consistently meet a high standard of manufacturing quality.
Positive Quality solar panel manufacturers are subject to random ongoing audit and independent inspections of their manufacturing processes – this is above and beyond their existing quality management programs.
Only those companies that pass the most rigorous testing are awarded the Positive Quality trust mark.
In addition, the testing is ongoing and must be undertaken twice a year for the manufacturer to maintain Positive Quality endorsement.
The Smart Energy Council has introduced the Positive Quality™ benchmark to:
- provide consumers with peace of mind in the quality and consistency of the components they buy;
- provide solar installers with confidence in the reliability of products they install; and
- provide installers and distributors with greater confidence in the long-term sustainability of their business.
The Smart Energy Council has over fifty years’ experience in solar technologies and is committed to providing independent and bias-free third-party inspections.
Why Demand Positive Quality Solar Panels?
The Positive Quality program plays a vital role in protecting consumers and the reputation of the solar energy industry.
The program is designed to ensure that
Safeguarding Your Commercial Property with Positive Quality Solar Panels
Commercial scale solar PV projects can yield great return on investment – as long as due diligence is followed.
Follow these three steps to safeguard your investment:
- Buy Positive Quality – many modules claim to meet international standards but only PQ modules are verified by independent testing.
- Ensure projects are properly designed to best practice standards and give confidence in investment returns with highest quality production estimates
- Use installers who work at best practice levels of professionalism such as those certified under the Smart Energy Council’s Master Installer Program.
The Positive Quality Inspection Program
The Positive Quality program is a due diligence program between manufacturers and customers.
It includes a random and rigorous factory inspection which aims to raise the quality standard in Australia.
Step 1: Certification Check
The factory needs to provide genuine certificates and test reports showing that all the products imported to Australia are fully complied with IEC and Australian standards.
This urges the manufacturers to renew the certification as per required and reflect any important changes in the standards.
Step 2: Factory Inspection
A team of experienced auditors will be sent to the factory and conduct a 60-point check. This process has been established for more than 6 years and has been implemented on over 30 PV manufacturers. The inspection focus on the bill of material, the standard operation procedure, and quality control measures in the company, which are crucial to the ability to stably produce high quality products.
Positive result of this inspection will build confidence for customers to believe that the products are in consistent high quality as certified by accredited laboratories.
Step 3: Product Quality Check
In this step, the quality of the products are further ensured by randomly measure all the necessary characteristics including appearance, IV, EL, Hi-Pot, and Leakage current.
We will also make sure the manufacturers are testing all their products in a genuine and consistent way and the test results are trustworthy.
Why introduce this extra layer of testing and inspection?
Solar modules can have defects that are not visible from the appearance of the products. Many products sold in Australia that claimed to be compliant with IEC and Australian standards are not, this is due to poor quality control during the production process or substitution to lower quality materials. The Positive Quality Program helps customers to identify quality brands that are consistently producing modules at the quality standard of the accreditation certificates.
The Benefits of Buying Positive Quality Modules
The Smart Energy Council believe that passing this rigorous inspection demonstrates good-practice manufacturing processes and product quality that is consistent with the certified sample.
The Smart Energy Council supports quality manufacturers who can pass this test.
We urge the industry not to import low-quality products that have the potential to reduce customer benefits, put your brand at risk and damage the reputation of the entire solar industry.
Positive Quality Brands you should choose are:
Why So Few?
Positive Quality requires additional corporate commitment beyond international quality management programs.
It also requires supreme confidence from manufacturers that all parts of the process will pass the rigorous factory inspection, certificates and 60-point check.
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