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Grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems of megawatt size have been deployed since the early 1980's in the United States. At the same time, the European Commission's PV pilot programme initiated a number of PV-plants in the 30 kW to 300 kW range, to experiment with reliability, grid-connection or other loads. Within the past 5 years, a number of large plants between 0.5 MW and 3.3 MW have been constructed. Such large scale PV-systems profit in particular from quality control as costs for quality assurance will be more than compensated by better plant performance. Quality control has to be adopted in manufacturing, system design, deployment and operation. Each of these phases require sound specifications and international standards to enter the large scale market. Manufacturers, system designers and plant operators may refer in their quality control strategies to accredited test laboratories which will ensure neutral and independent assessment of the overall quality of future systems.

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Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Experiences and Perspectives of Large Scale PV Plants, Madrid (ES), 2-4 December 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41121 ORA
Record Number: 199810213 / Last updated on: 1998-02-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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