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Materials matter in solar modules – they can extend module lifetime and bring down the cost of solar electricity.  But in today’s cost-competitive market, some manufacturers are substituting unproven or inferior quality materials that have the potential to compromise not only the performance of the modules, but also the reputation of the solar energy industry at a critical time in its growth.  DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions and other quality leaders have been working to raise awareness of the issue and encouraging system developers, investors and owners to understand more of the fundamentals behind what materials make up a module and the impact they have on its power output – and return on investment - over time. 

Contact us to learn more about solar module reliability and the importance of materials specifications before you invest. 
The issue has captured the interest of several leading publications, and we expect the discussion will continue, so stay tuned!

Here are some recent headlines:



  Materials Matter in Reducing Risk in Solar Installations
By Conrad Burke, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions for Solar Novus Today
April 7, 2013
http://www.solarnovus.com/index.php?catid=38%3aapplication-tech-features&id=6418%3amaterials-matter-in-reducing-risk-in-solar-installations&Itemid=246&option=com_content&view=article 

 

Subsidy losses have created supplier glut in solar power
By Cori Anne Natoli, Wilmington News Journal
March 10, 2013
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130311/BUSINESS08/303110016/

 

Quality issues threaten to give solar a black eye
By Felicity Carus , PV Tech
January 15, 2013
http://www.pv-tech.org/editors_blog/quality_issues_threaten_to_give_solar_a_black_eye



An Experienced Perspective - Investigating Module Performance in the Service Environment
By David Brearley, Technical Editor, interviewing Alex Bradley, Principal Investigator, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
SolarPro
January 8, 2013
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Solar Struggle: A Rise Of Poorly Made PV Modules?
By Ucilia Wang, Contributing Editor - Renewable Energy World
November 15, 2012
http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012/11/solar-struggle-a-rise-of-poorly-made-pv-modules 



Is the solar industry prepared for a quality blowout?
By Susan Kraemer - PV Insider
November 20, 2012
http://news.pv-insider.com/thin-film-pv/solar-industry-prepared-quality-blowout 



Emerging Solar Strategies, Part 3: DuPont’s Push for Quality Standards
By Herman K. Trabish - Greentech Media
September 24, 2012
http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/emerging-solar-strategies-part-3-duponts-push-for-quality-standards 



What value does standardizing the Materials for the Solar Industry do?
By Robert Benedict - San Francisco Examiner
August 21, 2012
http://www.examiner.com/article/what-value-does-standardizing-the-materials-for-the-solar-industry-do


 Materials Make the Module
By Homer Antoniadis, with foreword by Urs Schoop – Future PV Magazine
August, 2012
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