Solar Power Portal is undertaking a major solar module quality, reliability and durability survey.

The leading dedicated solar website for the UK market, Solar Power Portal, and sister technical journal, PV Tech Power is to carry out a major survey in cooperation with DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions to assess the current state of the photovoltaic (PV) market as it relates to quality, reliability and durability of PV modules. 

Solar Power Portal is targeting crystalline silicon (c-Si) module installations in the field, carried out by Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firms; installers of ground and rooftop systems; project developers and utility companies active in PV.  

Importantly, the survey responses would remain anonymous and aggregated with those of all other respondents. 

However, key findings and trends will be published in the September 2015 edition of PV Tech Power and highlighted in feature stories on Solar Power Portal UK and PV Tech to provide transparency and the broadest reach possible for all interested parties. 

All survey participants will also be offered a free copy of the September 2015 edition of PV Tech Power, featuring the survey results and would be eligible for entry into a draw to win an Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

The recent rapid global growth of PV installations that reached over 40GW in 2014 has also led to significant module ASP declines of over 70% in the last five years, while manufacturing cost reduction strategies failed to keep pace. 

Recent and regular reports highlighting issues with PV module quality, reliability and durability are believed to be a consequence of the challenges the PV industry has faced in recent years. 

The survey of PV module quality, reliability and durability is also intended to provide an understanding and insight into current PV module procurement and specification procedures. The survey is also intended to offer insight into risk mitigation and best practices that are intended to benefit the complete supply chain.

If you would like to take the survey, please click here.