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IIEC with support from the EU-Thailand Economic Co-operation Small Projects Facility (SPF) commenced the implementation of project entitled Photovoltaic Standardisation, Certification and Labelling for Thailand in December 2006. The project aims at introducing a quality structure for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, components and installations in Thailand. The project inception meeting was held on the 1st of December at the Intercontinental hotel, Bangkok, with participation from EU representative and stakeholders from the Thai PV Industry, including Thai PV manufacturers (Solartron, Bangkok Solar, Sharp, Siam Solar and Electronics and Ekarat), Government agencies (Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Thai Industrial Standard Institute, National Science and Technology Development Agency) and test laboratories (CES).

 


The Thai PV industry has acknowledged that poor installation is one of the major causes of the PV system failure in Thailand, particularly in the Government Solar Home System Program, and improvement of installation practice and other supporting factors such as product quality is vital to the sustainable growth of the industry. With proper standard, labeling and certification schemes in place, the Thai PV stakeholders and consumers can mutually benefit from better product and system quality as well as longer service lifetime. In the inception meeting, the Thai PV stakeholders agreed in principle that through this project, IIEC should further coordinate this initiative to improve PV system quality in Thailand. For more information, please visit the project website at www.pvthailand.org or contact Sirikul Prasitpianchai at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .