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Solar Technologies put to the test with the Launch of New Photovoltaic Performance Verification Program

Dec 02, 2011

Media Release

For Immediate Distribution      

(TORONTO, December 2)  It's a new day for solar technologies in Canada with the official launch today of Toronto and Region Conservation's (TRCA) Photovoltaic Performance Verification (PVPV) Program, a 3rd party, high-performance evaluation program for testing and showcasing Canadian solar technologies at The Living City Campus at Kortright , Canada's leading green building and sustainable technologies centre  in Vaughan, Ontario. The program sets to provide unbiased quality assurance and consumer confidence in Canadian made photovoltaic products by issuing monthly and annual reports of Ontario Manufacturers' module energy yield data. This research will provide valuable contributions to the knowledge base of consumers, investors, industry professionals, utility companies and policy makers throughout Ontario and across other jurisdictions.

"Since the introduction of the Province's feed-in tariff (FIT) Policy, which encourages the use of solar and other renewable energy, we've seen a growth in photovoltaic manufacturers in Ontario," said Brian Denney, CAO, Toronto and Region Conservation. "This program evaluates the energy yield of Ontario made PV panels to ensure that the consumer knows what kind of return-on-investment they're getting.  The PVPV Program will help turn Ontario into a world-class solar manufacturing industry and encourage consumers to seek solar energy alternatives for their energy needs."

The PVPV Program is monitored by the Sustainable Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) of TRCA and uses module level maximum power point tracking (MPPT), the latest in data collection equipment and independent module level performance analyzers.

The program tests panels  side-by-side for a period of one year  under real field conditions and records detailed performance and environmental data. This comparison provides Open Source data for consumers using traceable instrumentation and test procedures in accordance with international standards.

Monitoring includes:

  • Module Power Measurements (per second)
  • Independent flash testing under Standard Test Conditions (STC),
  • On-site total global horizontal and plane of the array irradiance data,
  • On-site ambient and module temperature data
  • On-site wind speed data.

Already five solar manufacturing companies, Eclipsall Energy Corp., Heliene Inc., OSM Solar Corp., Silfab Ontario Inc. and Solgate Inc. are on board with the program.

TRCA will be bringing the PVPV Program to booth #1613 at Solar Canada 2011, annual meeting of the Canadian Solar Industries Association at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, on December 5th and 6th.

With more than 50 years of experience, TRCA helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for The Living City - where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca or www.pvpv.ca

 

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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856
media@trca.on.ca

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