The CE Mark is placed on products to state conformance with European Union regulations and is also required for solar products.
What is the CE Mark?
The Conformité Européenne (CE) mark is placed on products to state conformance with European Union regulations and works as conformity authentication certificate. CE is a mandatory conformity mark on many products that are consumed in the European Economic Area (EEA).
This EEA comprises all 28 countries of the EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. It means the product is produced conforming the EU safety, health and environmental requirements.
Selling a solar product in the EU definitely requires the CE mark.
CE Mark testing and certification
CE Mark testing and certification for electrical equipment, including solar photovoltaic (PV) products, such as panels or inverters, does not have to be carried out by an independent certification body. Manufacturers can carry out the required conformity assessments on their own (self-assessment).
The certification requires solar products to pass several electrical and mechanical tests in line with CE quality and safety rules, including co-operability/ compatibility tests involving the assessment of the electromagnetic interference of the solar products which may not exceed certain levels as this could otherwise lead to operation and performance impacts on other nearby electronics.
Even though the self-certification for the CE Mark greatly facilities solar product production, export to and consumption in the EEA, manufacturers however are bound to the conformity self-assessments. Therefore, identified non-compliant manufacturers knowingly producing non-conforming solar products and self-issuing the CE mark face severe penalties and sanctions.