SGS Global Solar Technology is a monthly magazine for the photovoltaic and solar manufacturing industry, offering solution-led technical articles and an exploration of the latest technology emerging in the sector. The April 2011 issue of the magazine features an article by Ernst Bauer, Project Engineer of Photovoltaic at SGS Industrial Services, entitled “Third-Party Supervision of the Installation of Photovoltaic Solar Power Plants.”

In the article, Ernst Bauer explores some of the constraints and challenges that can be avoided by having professional installation supervision conducted by a reliable third-party company throughout the installation and commissioning of solar power plants.

The planning and erection of field-based photovoltaic power plants is complex, due to the coordination of the various installation functions and operations, as well as local regulations and guidelines. Since any deviations or wrong decisions taken during the construction could result in significant losses of revenues, stemming from avoidable repairs and maintenance during the lifetime of the photovoltaic plant, professional Construction Supervision is indispensable for reducing these risks.

Independent Construction Supervision is a valuable aid in photovoltaic solar power plant assembly, due to the many companies involved, irrespective of power plant size. For the assembly of a solar power plant, owners and investors often prefer Construction Supervision and Quality Control to be undertaken by an independent surveillance company, in order to make the best use of resources. The advantages of hiring a quality control surveillance company, like SGS, arise from the experience of its skilled personnel and its economic independence from the stakeholders.

SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is well positioned to cope with the demands of supervising complex technical projects worldwide. Having an international presence with more than 64,000 employees and over 1,250 laboratories in 140 countries, SGS is familiar with the local environment, circumstances, languages, laws and regulations.

To find out more, read the complete Global Solar Technology article: Third-Party Supervision of the Installation of Photovoltaic Solar Power Plants.

About SGS Industrial Services

Industrial Services is one of the major business lines of the SGS Group, a global service provider for technical verification, inspection, testing and conformity assessment. SGS Industrial Services ensures that the customer’s installations, material, equipment, facilities and projects meet all quality and performance requirements, whether they are regulatory, voluntary or customer based. Industrial Services has decades’ worth of experience and some remarkable references in serving key industries, such as Construction, Industrial Manufacturing & Trade, the Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry, Power Generation and Transmission, Banks and Financial Institutions, as well as Renewable Energy.

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS has accreditations to all major standards and is recognized as a leading global benchmark in the field of inspection, verification, certification and testing. With experienced and qualified staff, SGS operates an extensive network of offices and laboratories in various fields, which offer a wide range of product certification services.

For further information, please contact:

Ernst Bauer
SGS Industrial Services
Inspection- and Project- Engineer

SGS Germany GmbH
Global Renewable Support Office
Raboisen 28
20095 Hamburg
t: +49 89 78 74 75 – 321

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 64,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.