Scaling up solar PV deployment: Implementing projects with assured quality

This side event held at the Eighth session of the IRENA Assembly, shared the best practices in assuring quality PV systems based on experts’ experience as well as the Agency’s tools and guidelines.

The competitiveness of renewable energy technologies is improving rapidly, highlighted by recent price developments, including in the field of PV technologies. It is essential to assure stakeholders that newly deployed PV technologies will deliver the anticipated services with the expected performance during their lifetime. Therefore at this event, experts shared experiences on how to develop PV projects based on assured quality. Approaches that support the development of bankable renewable energy projects and quality infrastructure for different types of PV markets were showcased, from nascent to mature markets, and the needs and priorities of stakeholders in these fields were identified.

It was emphasised that robust quality assurance protects and accelerates future investments in PV projects, lowers capital costs, improves overall performance, extends module lifespans and can contribute to lower long-term electricity costs.

Learn more here about the development of bankable solar PV projects and quality assurance mechanisms for PV systems.


16:30 Opening Chair of the session: Dr. Nabih Cherradi, Board Member at Solar United
16:35 The role of Standards and Quality Assurance in risk mitigation approaches for the development of bankable utility-scale solar PV projects Roland Roesch, IRENA
Carlos Ruiz, IRENA
16:55 Assuring quality for national PV markets Francisco Boshell, IRENA
17:15 The importance of Standards and Quality Assurance to support financing of PV projects Daniel Etschmann, German Development Bank (KfW)
17:35 Country efforts towards high quality in PV systems – The case of Chile Tomas Baeza Jeria, CORFO Chile
17:55 Discussion Moderated by Dr. Nabih Cherradi
18:25 Wrap-up and Closing Dr. Nabih Cherradi