The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) works towards a sustainable and widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies. Quality assurance and standardization play a key role in transitioning towards innovative and sustainable energy technologies, by strengthening rapidly growing markets and facilitating trading of renewable energy technologies. IRENA’s study from 2013 in this field, the first one ever focused on renewable energy technologies, shows that quality and standardization are crucial in global technology value chains matching producers and user in opposite places in the world by harmonizing processes, allowing comparability of contracts, and decreasing uncertainty. Also that assured quality, in conformity with sound standards, mitigates technical risks therefore attracting major investments and increasing the trust in the technology by financial sources and public. Quality assurance and conformity with sound standards enables long lasting technological solutions by reducing the replacements to be done in technological plants and equipment and thus, reinvesting the capital that would be aimed at repairing infrastructure to accelerate the deployment of the technology. Quality reinforces the reliability on RET markets and this highly contributes to spread awareness about RET achievements and fulfilment of energy needs.
IRENA is finalizing its study on quality assurance mechanisms for small wind turbines and solar water heaters. The study, undertaken in cooperation with a number of national and regional experts, will provide guidance and recommendation on how countries can implement national quality mechanisms, adapted to their national context, to support growing markets for these technologies.