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Solar systems become safer and more reliable thanks to the Pakistani Solar Quality Passport

Islamabad:    (Parliament Times)      Today in Islamabad, a private-sector initiative of
companies led by the Solar Quality Foundation (SQF) with collaboration and support
of the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) officially presented and put
into operation a new instrument for quality assurance in the installation of Solar PV
systems in the country.
The Pakistani Solar Quality Passport (SQP) was launched in a festive ceremony with
around 80 high-ranking guests from business, public sector and civil society today.
Solar companies who are committed to quality can now participate in the scheme at
www.solarqualitypassport.pk. Only registered and audited companies are entitled to
issue the Solar Quality Passport with each of their installations, giving their
costumers confidence in the quality of the system.
Mr. Sajjad Ahmed, CEO – AEDB inaugurated the Passport together with SQF. The
foundation is the business entity behind the Solar Quality Passport. It is confident
that the initiative will contribute to better quality installations and products in Pakistan.
Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Bhatti, Chairman SQF said: “I am very excited that we are
pressing the ‘green button’ together today and after months of hard work on this
passport with GIZ and our national partners. Now, we are giving the go-ahead for
better quality in the installation of solar systems in Pakistan. From this step onwards,
let us continue to develop this great tool together and ensure that all installations in
our market will be of high quality, safety and durability".
The Solar Quality Passport is a safety certification, quality assurance standard as
well as an educative programme for Solar PV installers. The most important aspect
of the concept is peace of mind for customers. For them it means their Solar PV
installation complies with industry and international best practice. Also,installers have
to meet at least a minimum of internationally bench-marked quality and safety
standards.
This results in concrete benefits for consumers and Solar PV investors: Customers
who wish to install a system have direct access to Solar Quality Passport endorsed
companies in their vicinity. Investors can be sure that the installation is done by a
suitably qualified and trained installer. Moreover, the Solar Quality Passport makes it
easier to obtain good financing and insurance for their system, as the banking sector
has been a partner of the initiative right from the beginning and prefers high-quality
systems when committing financing.
Installing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on your roof was considered a luxury for
many years – but fortunately, this is no longer the case. Drastic price reductions
coupled with rising electricity tariffs and concerns about power supply have made
solar PV increasingly attractive to both residential and commercial energy users.

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