Two new United States testing centres for solar power systems are currently being constructed, in addition to the five existing solar laboratories in the country. One of the “to-be” testing labs is located at North Carolina State University, and the other laboratory is in the University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut.
At the moment, in St. Petersburg, Florida, one more solar facility that would not only certify solar power systems and devices, but also generate renewable energy — a photovoltaic laboratory is built by an electronic products company, Jabil Circuit Inc. The lab is planned to certify photovoltaic systems, and other processes.
The U.S government is funding the testing labs for solar power systems, which they hope will help boost the public’s interests in renewable and sustainable energy as a substitute for traditional electricity, oil, and natural gas as sources of energy across the country.
According to a report, as a result of having only five laboratories for certification of solar power systems in the U.S, manufacturers needs to undergo a long process before their solar power products can be certified. The government is hoping that the additional two testing labs will reduce the delays due to long certification process of scarce renewable energy devices.
The construction on the University of New Haven‘s laboratory for certification of solar power systems started last fall. The university received about $100,000 from the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, and $500,000 from the United States Department of Energy, as funding for the certification laboratory.
The North Carolina State University’s laboratory for solar power systems is said to be fully operated and scheduled for opening this summer.
Solar Rating and Certification Corp., a nonprofit firm based in Florida, will be accrediting the two solar power systems’ testing labs.
Milford-based Sunlight Solar Energy’s director said, the scarcity of testing labs in the country can cause delays, which can affect manufacturers of solar power systems like them.