IEC to Offer Quality Mark for Photovoltaics

As a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to conventional energy sources, photovoltaic energy systems have exhibited steady growth over the past 20 years. Demonstrating its support and commitment to renewable energies, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is now the sole provider of a quality mark for the expanding global photovoltaic industry.

Termed the PV GAP Mark, the symbol signifies that solar equipment and components are manufactured in accordance with IEC International Standards.

IEC's official use of the mark comes after an agreement between the IEC System for Conformity Testing and Certification of Electrotechnical Equipment and Components (IECEE) and the Global Approval Program for Photovoltaics (PV GAP), in which IECEE will be the exclusive provider of the PV GAP Mark through its National Certification Bodies.

PV GAP will retain overall responsibility of the PV GAP Mark until ownership is transferred by the end of 2008. Previously, the mark was issued by European Photovoltaic Industry Association and Power Mark.

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