WARNING: Possible non-compliant Silicon Energy PV modules bearing Intertek marks
By Anthony Capkun
May 23, 2017 – Intertek is warning that the Silicon Energy flat-plate photovoltaic modules identified below bearing an Intertek certification mark for Canada and the United States may not comply with relevant safety requirements.
Manufactured by Silicon Energy LLC, the modules were sold at various distributors and solar contractors. There have been reports of edge delamination resulting in possible module overheating and failure. The number of units affected by this warning is unknown.
Product description: Flat-plate PV modules bearing an ETL certification mark, Models SiE-150, SiE-155, SiE-160, SiE-165, SiE-170, SiE-175, SiE-180, SiE-185, SiE-190, SiE-195, SiE-200, SiE-205, SiE-210, SiE-215, SiE-220, SiE-225 manufactured from 2011 to 2013.
To identify the module, check for cETLus certification mark with adjacent Control Numbers 3182708 or 4003418.
Modules bearing an ETL certification mark with a date of manufacture between 2011 and 2013 may not be in compliance with their listing requirements, and should be removed from service if any signs of delamination are present.
Next, modules bearing an ETL certification mark with a date of manufacture before 2011 or after 2013 bear counterfeit marks. It is not known whether they are in compliance with any standard. Such modules should be immediately removed from service.
Finally, modules not bearing an ETL certification mark may very well not be in compliance with any standard. Remove these modules from service immediately.
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