Each year, our Scorecard showcases manufacturers that produce PV modules with noteworthy results in PVEL’s independent testing.
Inclusion in the Scorecard is based on performance and reliability data from PVEL’s Product Qualification Program, a suite of lab and field tests that inform solar procurement and investment decisions.
Welcome to the 2023 Scorecard
Over the last year the solar industry has experienced unprecedented growth, and some significant challenges, as PV module demand and production have exploded across the globe. In 2023, Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts that we will surpass 300 GW of solar deployments globally. At this scale of project development and investment, understanding how to procure high-performing, reliable modules has never been more critical. As module buyers seek the guidance they need to navigate the latest technology trends and new market entrants, we are pleased to share with you the 9th Edition of PVEL’s PV Module Reliability Scorecard.
Over 35,000 unique users from more than 100 countries leveraged the 2022 Scorecard data to make better purchasing decisions and mitigate risk in their module procurement process. This year’s report will build off of that success with more manufacturers and module models listed as Top Performers than ever before. But there’s still reason to have caution as new technology types emerge and evolve. We encourage you to explore the case studies, key takeaways and test result spotlights from each of PVEL’s PQP tests, then use the searchable database of Top Performers to identify the ideal modules for your project.
But that’s just the start. Sign up as a PVEL Downstream Partner to access the full PQP test reports and associated bill of material listings. These are key aspects to Kiwa’s Module Procurement Best Practices, which are further detailed within the Scorecard and are essential to ensure your project performs as expected well into the future.
Thank you to our colleagues from across the Kiwa Group of companies who contributed case studies to this year’s Scorecard, including from PVEL’s field testing, PI Berlin’s work in Europe, MENA and North America, and Extel Energy’s extensive experience in Taiwan and SE Asia. We’re proud to bring together our unique technical expertise in our shared mission to create trust in the products that empower the energy transition.
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Global Business Sector Leader
Renewable Energy at Kiwa
35 Top Performer manufacturers, including eight new to the Scorecard.
Top Performers were manufactured in 12 different countries.
11 manufacturers with All Star results.
Six manufacturers had TOPCon Top Performers.
We use a consistent methodology for testing and ranking PV modules: the Product Qualification Program. Our process helps buyers compare products across different technologies, manufacturers and model types.
Our testing goes beyond the model types of PV modules to assess unique bill of materials (BOM) combinations. This approach ensures buyers can procure the specific BOMs that we have validated in testing.
While the number of Top Performer manufacturers increased this year, so did the percentage of manufacturers experiencing a failure. Additionally, almost one-third of BOMs suffered at least one failure during testing, and 15% of BOMs had a failure even before stress testing. Explore the 2023 Scorecard failure data to learn more.
Two Ways to View Top Performers
Explore the Searchable Database
The online Scorecard’s searchable database allows users to filter Top Performers by manufacturer, PQP test, module design, power class and more. Search results can be downloaded in CSV format for further analysis.
Download the Summary
Want to take the Scorecard offline? An executive summary of the 2023 PV Module Reliability Scorecard is available for PDF download. The summary provides buyers with a quick reference to the list of top performing manufacturers along with key takeaways from PVEL’s PQP testing.
“Jinko has been using PVEL’s Product Qualification to demonstrate our commitment to quality and reliability since 2013, and we’re proud to be listed in the Scorecard for the ninth consecutive time. As our products evolve we are particularly thrilled to have our new n-type TOPCon modules featured prominently in this year’s Scorecard.”Mr. Li Xiande
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.
Research and Press
PVEL collaborates with the PV research community and media to share data that matters with the solar industry. Download the 2023 Scorecard Media Kit to learn more.
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