Quantum’s Solar Panels Achieve UL Certification for US and Canada

February 02, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. announced that it has achieved the industry standard UL (US) and C-UL (Canada) certifications for its 230W series of crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic modules. Quantum’s solar modules have also been successfully tested under the California Energy Commission (CEC) guidelines and subsequently listed as "eligible photovoltaic modules" under the California Solar Initiative program for state rebates.

Quantum’s German affiliate Asola currently manufactures solar modules that incorporate advanced crystalline silicon technologies per European standards. The Asola solar modules are labeled with the CE mark, certifying that the products meet the requirements of European IEC 61215 and IEC 61730 standards. Together with Quantum’s certifications to UL 1703 (US) and ULC ORD C1703 (Canada), the Quantum-Asola product-line certifications provide safety as well as performance conformity around the globe.

"Quantum has a strong background in testing, validation and implementing process control systems to ensure highest quality products," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki, the President and CEO of Quantum. "The UL certification is an important milestone that opens the North American market for us. We are excited to be qualified by the California Energy Commission for rebates, just as demand has accelerated for high quality solar modules."

Quantum’s solar modules are slated for mass production in a state of the art facility planned for Irvine, California, with an expected annual capacity of 45 MW. Quantum announced recently that it has entered into a professional services agreement with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) as a qualified supplier eligible to bid for competitive procurement of up to 200 MW of solar power projects, as part of the mandated Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program, with a budget of $455 million over three years.