If you are familiar with installing and maintaining solar panels, you have probably already seen the new SCIOS Scope 12 inspection. Fires in solar panel installations have regularly been in the news in recent years. Investigations have shown that the fire often had an electrical cause. It can occur if the installer does not correctly wire the connection. Insurers, in particular, felt the need to have solar panel installations installed only by certified installation companies. The SCIOS Scope 12 has been drawn up to meet this need, and the inspection will be implemented from the spring of 2021. We are happy to explain what this means for you as an installation company.
What is SCIOS Scope 12?
Scope 12 has been drawn up by the SCIOS foundation and added to the Electric Equipment Grant Program. “The SCIOS Foundation manages and develops the quality system for installation owners and inspection and installation companies for the inspection and maintenance of technical installations.” In the Scope 12 inspection, a distinction is made between an initial assessment (EBI) and periodic follow-up inspections (PI). Naturally, the activities differ per inspection. Several tasks in an EBI inspection do not have to be repeated for every PI inspection. A SCIOS Scope 12 inspection takes into account several points to obtain certification:
- Connections of the inverter and their placement
- Quality of the panels
- Architectural safety
- Electrical safety
- The entire coherence of the installation
Is a SCIOS Scope 12 inspection mandatory?
The owner of the solar panels is not required to have a SCIOS Scope 12 certification. Still, in many cases, it is functional. It is handy for the owner when insurance for the panels comes into play. Suppose there has been a fire in a solar panel installation. In that case, an owner can easily demonstrate that the installation was technically sound by means of the certification. It is expected that more and more insurance companies expect a solar power system to be provided with a Scope 12 inspection.
Digital overview for certified Scope 12 companies
Qualified installers may only perform the Scope 12 inspection. Installation companies can get certified to obtain the SCIOS Certificate from a Certification Body (CI). After installers have completed the SCIOS Scope 12 training, the SCIOS Certificate is awarded. You can now perform a SCIOS Scope 12 inspection.
Preparation for the SCIOS Scope 12 inspection in your administration
Of course, you would like to guarantee the quality of your installation company and resources. In Bluace’s service and maintenance software, you have the option of recording training, certification, and authorizations in your administration for each installation technician. All this information is visible during resource planning, so the planner always assigns the right job to the right technician. You determine whether or not the SCIOS Scope 12 inspection is mandatory for the customer’s insurer for each customer. In addition, thanks to the Field Service App from Bluace, inspectors work according to a uniform working method. They exactly know which processes must be performed according to SCIOS Scope 12. With this software for installers, you are ready for the Scope 12 inspection.