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Solar panel quality assurance mark launched

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The Australian Solar Council has launched the Solar panel trust mark, a system to assure consumers that solar panels are of good quality.

Ecogeneration reports that the system will be used to deal with the many substandard solar panels which are available on the Australian market.

As GovernmentNews reports, the Positive Quality Program will conduct a “60 point factory check, detailed testing of solar panels (selected at random), and make sure all certificates are genuine and up-to-date, four times every year.”

The program will audit the materials and processes used in the manufacture of panels as well as the place of manufacture, in order to determine if that the panels meet Australian Standards.

“We are talking to several local governments and state governments about making this a prerequisite for any projects done under government tender,” Solar Council chief executive John Grimes told Government News.

“Until now a paper assessment, once every five years, is all that has been done before a particular solar panel can be used in Australia.”

“Until now there has been no way for the public to identify genuine quality solar panels. Instead, we see disreputable manufacturers ‘gaming the system’, substituting cheap materials, and pricing quality manufacturers out of the market,” Mr Grimes added.

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