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The KACST PV Solar Reliability Laboratory is an accredited ISO 17025 laboratory from Italian accreditation body – ACCREDIA and GCC Accreditation Center. It is the first laboratory of its kind in the Middle Eastern Region capable of testing PV solar products under ridgid IEC- specified test conditions and specifically designed desert protocols.
The PV laboratory is located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 35Km northwest of the capital city of Riyadh. The area is called “Solar Village” and has a long history of solar energy research and development The test equipment selected for this laboratory mostly have extended test capabilities to enable producers of PV solar products to stretch their modules beyond current requirements to ensure product life cycles of 20+ years in the harsher environments of the Middle East compared to geographies where most products are currently installed.