REMC/452/DV – To approve the one-time extension of the registration of RECBs and REIBs from the PV-OMC by a grace period of 2 years compared to IECRE 04, Ed. 3 (Closes 11-June)

starts on 12 May, 2020 ends on 11 June, 2020



Should the US vote to approve the one-time extension?
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Description

Background:

Proposal from the German MB:

  1. IECRE 04, Edition 3 was published on July 4, 2019 (2019-07-04), hereinafter referred to as “IECRE 04:2019”, and is the current version of IECRE 04. Section 5.5.3 and 5.5.4 of IECRE 04:2019 is referenced as follows:

“5.5.3 The REIB shall be accredited according to ISO/IEC 17020 and RECB shall be accredited according to ISO/IEC 17065 by a signatory of the IAF MLA. Peer assessment shall be done every year if the applicant not has accreditation. If applicant has ISO/IEC 17065 / ISO/IEC 17020 accredited and apply as REIB/RECB peer assessment to perform every 3 years shall focus in non-accredited part. REIB or RECB is only permitted to perform inspection and certification according to standards that are in their scope of accreditation.”

5.5.4 In addition to a successful assessment, the REIB shall have the experience of at least three (3) prior inspections of PV power plants, and the RECB shall have the experience of at least three (3) prior certifications according to 5.4.3”

  1. On the RE-level, the rules of procedures are reflected in IECRE 02, Edition 4, issued on Feb. 8, 2019 (2019-02-08), hereinafter referred to as “IECRE 02:2019.

Sections 8.1.9, 8.2.9, and 8.3.9 outline the requirements of Re-Assessment of RETL, RECB, and REIB, respectively:

“The acceptance of the < RETL (8.1.9) / RECB (8.2.9) / REIB (8.3.9) > is valid for a period of maximum five years and the Sector specific OD may give further details with respect to the validity period (but cannot exceed the five years). …”

Currently, no RECTFs (in WE-OMC) are registered so that is not a factor of concern.

  1. The outline in 1 and 2 results in all PV-OMC related RECBs and REIBs having to go through a peer assessment at the latest in 2020.
  2. Under PV-OMC, to date, 4 certificates have been issued, 2 of which are for PV power plants, 1 for module factory and 1 for Quality Management Certificate – O&M Service.
  3. In summary, this means that there are only very few projects that are available for review under the IECRE scheme, and therefore, there may be an insufficient basis for executing any re-assessments. Furthermore, IECRE 02:2019 allows a maximum validity period of 5 years until a re-assessment must take place. Therefore, DE MB suggests that the REMC approves an exceptional one-time extension of the validity for a grace period of 2 years for PV RECBs and REIBs. The other registered participants of IECRE (WE-OMC and ME-OMC altogether) are currently not affected by expiration deadlines as these participants are subject to a validity period of 5 years, and therefore, due by 2022 at the earliest, only, or there are currently no registered participants (RECTFs).

Action:

The REMC Member Bodies to approve the following:

(1)        The RECBs currently approved to operate under the PV Energy Sector shall be allowed to execute their privileges extending their current expiry date for registration by 2 years beyond the current date of expiration as a one-time grace period and without having to undergo a peer assessment until that extend expiration date.

(2)        The REIBs currently approved to operate under the PV Energy Sector shall be allowed to execute their privileges extending their current expiry date for registration by 2 years beyond the current date of expiration as a one-time grace period and without having to undergo a peer assessment until that extend expiration date.

Ballots are to be returned to the IECRE Secretariat (secretariat@iecre.org) no later than
2020-06-25.

NOTE: USNC/IECRE ballots are to be submitted within thirty days to allow for resolution of any comments prior to the IEC deadline.

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