PV LAB Australia is a specialized test lab with a focus on quality assurance and risk evaluation for PV modules and components. Our independent lab is headquartered in Canberra, Australia and can evaluate samples ranging in size from just one module through to statistical sampling of the large numbers needed for a solar farm.
Quality assurance and risk evaluation for PV modules and components
We assess performance on day one, damage that may have occurred during transportation to or within Australia and technical performance and reliability throughout the service life of a module.
We support banks and investors for larger solar farms and are a competent contact for technical questions. In addition to the tests and measurements defined in IEC standards, we offer a variety of other measurements.
Our principle is to work on behalf of the component buyers and investors, ensuring no conflict of interest at your expense.
Dr. Michelle McCann
Michelle has worked in solar energy since 1996. She is currently a consultant to the PV industry and co-founder, CEO and Director of PV Lab Australia. Michelle was also the CEO and one of the founders of Spark Solar Australia, an Australian company seed-funded by a group of German experts in the photovoltaic field with the mission of raising funds to establish a PV manufacturing company in Australia. Prior to this, she worked in the photovoltaic group at the University of Konstanz in Germany, where she was group leader of the novel devices group. She has a PhD from the photovoltaic group at the Australian National University. Michelle has twice held a world record for high efficiency solar cells.
Mark Harper is a consultant specialising in renewable energy and energy efficiency and has been a senior executive in the energy industry for nearly 20 years. Mark’s most recent corporate role was as Chief Executive of Agility the infrastructure and services arm of AGL and where he was also was a member of the senior team which guided AGL through a significant period of deregulation and industry restructure. More recently he has focussed exclusively on renewables building extensive experience in Photovoltaic Solar, Tri Generation and the production of Green Crude from algae.
In addition to his operational roles he has also held a variety of additional positions including Director on the ACTEW/AGL Board, Director on the Natural Gas Corporation (NZ) Board, Director on various Great Energy Alliance Corporation (GEAC) Company Boards (Loy Yang Power Station), a Director and President of the Australian Pipeline Industry Association (Previously Vice President and Treasurer), Director on a number of AGL subsidiary boards and Chairman of the AGL Health Safety and Environment Committee.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant and has Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW, majoring in Finance and Systems. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.
Lawrence comes from an engineering and commercial background and currently contracts to companies in the renewables sector, his most recent clients include Canadian Solar where he is involved in utility scale solar PV site assessment and ActewAGL Distribution where he worked with technical connectivity assessment of embedded generation proposals. He is currently also responsible for Project Leadership and Business Planning at Solar Share, which is developing a community solar farm in the ACT. He has previously worked with Canberra based solar installer Armada Solar where he project managed several solar installations that were, at the time, the largest in the ACT.