How are solar modular manufactures vetted? Where do buyers turn to when the much sought after Bloomberg Tier 1 suppliers are sold out of modules, making it harder for mid-tier under 20 MW and under to find vetted suppliers? The demand for solar panels in the US has opened up new markets abroad for suppliers. India has emerged as a leading supplier with its strong trade relationship with the US, and Emmvee, an Indian company, is a prominent solar panel manufacturer in the country.

Justin Redd, Head of Sales and Marketing for Emmvee North America, is a veteran in the solar industry. Justin has seen first-hand how the process of manufacturing has transitioned from a highly labor intensive process to one that has a high degree of automation. He discusses how he was recruited back into solar and manufacturing by Emmvee. He details the challenges of vetting new suppliers, addressing microcracks, and building a US factory- all with quality assurance at heart. Justin outlines ten crucial steps for procurement managers, emphasizing critical certifications, third-party factory audits, vetting partnerships, trade relationships, and the PVEL PV module reliability score. The detailed checklist is available in the resources section.

Justin shares how Emmvee has cleanroom standards, stringent quality control checks throughout the production process, and protective packaging to help prevent damage en route to their destination. 

Emmvee’s quality control standards serve as a valuable resource for solar professionals seeking to vet non-tier 1 module suppliers. The commitment to quality manufacturing and the invitation to tour Emmvee’s facilities in India underscore their dedication to transparency and reliability in the solar industry.