Spire Wins Contract With Underwriters Laboratories

July 23, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Spire Corp. announced that it has received a contract from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) to provide critical test equipment for their certification operations in both the United States and China.

UL is the primary entity for certifying module design and performance in the United States. All modules produced anywhere in the world will require UL approval for commercial sale in the United States. In-depth testing of new designs is required to achieve and maintain certification, and Spire will provide UL with multiple Spi-Sun Simulator™ 4600 Single Long Pulse systems.

"Spire is very excited to win the order for this significant tool with UL. They play a critical role in the industry by setting the standards and verifying the process that proves to the investors in photovoltaics that their energy assets will last. Manufacturers who want to feel comfortable about their specifications can now use the same tool as the certifying agency," said, Steve Hogan, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Spire Solar of Spire Corp.. "I have always known that Spire’s Sun-Simulator™ sets the standard and now UL agrees."

Bill Colavecchio, Vice President and General Manager of UL’s Global Industrial Products Sector adds, "We require the systems we use in certification to be of the highest caliber. We did an exhaustive search of the technology available and are pleased to be receiving a system from Spire."