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The Archive section contains a library of publications produced by the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS) since its inception in 1995. These documents are organized by type, activity, year, country and task. For a hint to find specific documents please read the "How to Find Documents in the Archive" link.
|Title:||Managing the Quality of Stand-Alone Photovoltaic Systems|
|Description:||Task 3 of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Implementing Agreement on Photovoltaic Power Systems deals with Stand-alone and Island Applications. Within this Task, Quality Assurance of photovoltaic (PV) systems is considered to be of special interest. A strong emphasis on quality aspects is essential for the long term success of any PV project. However, stand-alone PV systems are frequently installed with little or no attention to quality issues. One of the main reasons for this is that the work required to implement quality procedures is perceived as being complicated and costly. Unfortunately, this perception gives rise to many project failures which are both costly and difficult to rectify. As part of its efforts to improve performance by raising the standards of stand-alone PV systems, Task 3 Experts have produced a report presenting recommended practices for the management of quality stand-alone PV projects. A number of Case Studies were selected by Task 3 Experts to provide examples (of good and bad quality projects) for these guidelines. This document summarizes the characteristics and lessons learned from these projects.|
|Creator / Publisher:||Alison Wilshaw, Lucy Aitchison, ... / IEA PVPS|