Solar Power Systems Testing Labs in Connecticut and North Carolina

February 21, 2011 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

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.

Solar Power Systems Testing Labs in Connecticut and North Carolina

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.

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2 Responses to “Solar Power Systems Testing Labs in Connecticut and North Carolina”

  1. As solar grows and expands so will the infrastructure for it. In that light alone this is a great sign for the health of one of the fastest growing industries in the US today

  2. LemonMeister says:

    Too bad KB Home does not have a clue on how to install a HVAC system (heating and cooling). Mine was completely wired up incorrectly with the wrong voltages and transformer sizes. The transformers were too HOT and too close to critical system junctions. Every year the computer that controls vent openings and fan speeds blew out due to incorrect voltage fluctuations. Guess what they found after 4 years of the system blowing out each year during the hottest part of summer, besides the voltage issues? Both major electrical dampers were never hooked up to any electricity. This was discovered after 14 hours of the technicians eventually calling into the HVAC Guru. Previously we’re told the guy that knew about these things quit, no one here could fix it. So the HVAC system was working overtime forcing air to open these zone vents. Jeffrey Mezger is just a clown reading press releases instead of educating the illegal aliens who are hired by KB Home. I have on tape… they don’t speak English, let alone have the ability to read a blueprint. Just Google KB Home Sucks, people are not going to be fooled by a MPG sticker let alone a KB Home one… The disclaimer reads, your Energy use may vary, I’ll say so mine is over 900% higher. This HVAC system is still a joke and has never been able to blow heat correctly in winter and cool in summer. It has a severe mold issue ignored by KB Home and their FTC Consent order. EPG? That stands for KB Home “ENERGY PIG”.

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