Solar PV Testing and Certification

Kiwa operates as an internationally-recognized Certification Body for Solar PV modules (Crystalline and Thin Film). And as NCB & CBTL, according to the IECEE scheme. We use our accredited laboratory facilities to test PV modules according to EN-IEC 61730 for safety, EN-IEC 61215 and EN-IEC 61646 for performance requirements on Crystalline silicon terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules and Thin Film terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules.

EN-IEC 61215:

​This International Standard lays down IEC requirements for the design qualification and type approval of Crystalline silicon terrestrial photovoltaic modules suitable for long-term operation in general open-air climates. It applies only to Crystalline silicon modules types.

EN-IEC 61646:

Similarly to EN-IEC 61215, this standard is intended to apply to all terrestrial flat plate module materials not covered by EN-IEC 61215, such as Thin Film modules. The test sequence is derived from EN-IEC 61215 for the design.

EN-IEC 61730:

This standard describes the fundamental construction requirements for photovoltaic modules in order to provide safe electrical and mechanical operation during their expected lifetime. Specific topics are provided to assess the prevention of electrical shock, fire hazards, and personal injury due to mechanical and environmental stresses.

EN-IEC 62108:

This standard specifies the minimum requirements for the design qualification and type approval of concentrator photovoltaic modules and assemblies suitable for long-term operation in general open-air climates.

FprEN 505 83-1 och -2:

Testing and certification of BIPV modules.

Kiwa is also a Notified Body on all relevant directives that apply to inverters: electromagnetic compatibility directive (EMC-D), Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and Grid Connection. 

Global Product Compliance for solar PV testing and certification

Notified Body PV, Solar Keymark and Inverters
IECEE Certification Body & Test Laboratory
ISO 17065 / ISO 17021 / ISO 17025

Notified Body for MCS certification

Product & Quality System Certification

Solar PV panels, BiPV, Mounting Systems, Inverters, Solar Thermal Products
Full scope accredited laboratory in The Netherlands
Type Approval Management
Kiwa Solar offers direct access to global markets (including Grid Connection Standards) by using partners (IECEE/IECRE CB’s or other authorities) including:

Europe and MENA region
North America (USA, Canada)
Russia, Belarus, Kazachstan
Asia (China, Korea, Japan)
Australia (Australia and New Zealand)
South America (Brazil)

Insurance companies

South Africa