A NORTH EAST manufacturer of solar test equipment has announced its membership of the sector’s top industry body.

Multi-national company Seaward, which is headquartered in Peterlee, County Durham, has joined the Solar Trade Association (STA) – cementing its commitment to quality, innovation and knowledge-sharing within the industry.

A not-for-profit organisation, the Association is the industry’s leading voice on solar energy in the UK, working to promote the benefits of solar power to domestic and commercial users.

It also provides advice and analysis to Government departments, politicians, agencies, regulators and NGOs, helping to shape UK solar policy.

Michael Middlemast, category manager at Seaward, said: “I’m delighted Seaward is now part of the Solar Trade Association, which shares our dedication to raising operational and maintenance standards across the industry.

“We’re committed to providing the training and support that helps our customers operate their PV systems safely and efficiently.

“Joining the STA gives us a valuable opportunity to share this knowledge with a wider audience.”

Seaward, which also has bases in North America and SE Asia, recently relaunched its popular range of PV testing equipment, the PV200 and PV210.

The upgraded kit features new functionality to boost performance and precision, including a new I-V curve algorithm designed to produce higher resolution results.

Michael continued: “Our membership will give us a platform to continue raising awareness of the important role correct installation and maintenance plays in the advancement of solar technology in the UK.

“We hope to play a significant role in the progression and future of solar energy.”