Terrestrial photovoltaic (PV) modules — Design qualification and type approval — Part 1-1: Special requirements for testing of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules
1 Scope and object
This part of IEC 61215 lays down IEC requirements for the design qualification and type
approval of terrestrial photovoltaic modules suitable for long-term operation in general open
air climates, as defined in IEC 60721-2-1. This standard is intended to apply to all crystalline
silicon terrestrial flat plate modules.
This standard does not apply to modules used with concentrated sunlight although it may be
utilized for low concentrator modules (1 to 3 suns). For low concentration modules, all tests
are performed using the current, voltage and power levels expected at the design
The object of this test sequence is to determine the electrical and thermal characteristics of
the module and to show, as far as possible within reasonable constraints of cost and time,
that the module is capable of withstanding prolonged exposure in climates described in the
scope. The actual lifetime expectancy of modules so qualified will depend on their design,
their environment and the conditions under which they are operated.
This standard defines PV technology dependent modifications to the testing procedures and
requirements per IEC 61215-1:2016 and IEC 61215-2:2016.