Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC recently announced that First Solar Inc. has completed the Atlas 25+® comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) durability testing program and received test result certification from Atlas’ partner SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. The Atlas 25+ protocol is a proprietary multi-dimensional durability test program designed to subject PV modules to the environmental degradation stresses that can be expected over long-term service. It provides manufacturers with the data they need to demonstrate long-term durability and to support warranty and performance claims, while reducing the costs associated with aftermarket product failure

“As part of the Atlas 25+ independent testing program, solar panels are exposed to harsh weather conditions similar to those faced during their lifetime,” said Richard Slomko, director of the Weathering Services group. “First Solar was able to achieve outstanding results with the Atlas 25+ program. We are extremely pleased that the world’s leading thin-film PV manufacturer chose to utilize our unique PV durability testing program to confirm module suitability for long-term operation in the world’s harshest climates.”

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