Are you frustrated by underperforming and unreliable inverters? Do suppliers refuse to share data with you?

Our new Crowd Power Product Qualification Program (PQP) provides inverter buyers with the data they need to identify and avoid problem inverters.

Get started

Are you frustrated by underperforming and unreliable inverters?

Do your inverter suppliers refuse to share their data with you?

Our new Crowd Power Product Qualification Program (PQP) provides inverter buyers with the data they need to identify and avoid problem inverters.

HOW THE CROWD POWER PQP WORKS

PVEL’s Crowd Power PQP brings inverter buyers together to crowdsource performance and reliability testing for solar inverters:

  • Asset owners, investors and other downstream companies sign up for testing.
  • PVEL sources commercially-available inverters to test.
  • All test results are shared transparently with Crowd Power PQP participants.
  • Companies that sign up to test three or more products receive a free benchmarking analysis.
 
 

30% of the inverters tested by PVEL have failed arc fault testing.

While fires are rare, arc faults can cause catastrophic system failures. Power Pack PQPs evaluate both arc and ground fault detection capabilities. Image courtesy of AC Solar Warehouse.

 
 

35% of inverters tested by PVEL have derated >10%.

The derating occurred within allowable temperature ranges. When inverters experience excessive thermal derating, systems typically produce less energy than forecasted and the inverter is more likely to wear out prematurely.

 
 

Datasheet values do not represent typical field performance.

PVEL's PQP reveals how inverters actually operate in real-world project conditions. Certification testing is often conducted on highly controlled "golden" samples, so datasheets only represent best-case scenarios.

1
1

PVEL’s Crowd Power PQP helps buyers avoid the risk of costly inverter problems in solar power systems, including fires caused by poor arc fault detection, chronic underperformance and out-of-the-box failures.

What PVEL provides with each Crowd Power PQP:

Insights from testing

Detailed explanations of test procedures, data and results

Pass/fail evaluations

Assessments of performance, reliability and safety

Procurement intelligence

Guidance for utilizing test results to inform purchasing decisions

Deployment recommendations

Strategies for maximizing energy yield with the product in the field

Ready to get started?

Submit the form below to sign up for PVEL’s Crowd Power PQP and select products for testing. If your desired products are not listed below, please identify them in the message field along with any comments you wish to share.