Intertek Doubles Its North American Solar (PV) Testing Capacity Expansion of California lab supports growing demand for solar products and commitment to industry's fastest project turnaround time

CHICAGO, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Intertek (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, announced that the company has doubled the photovoltaic (PV) testing capacity in their Lake Forest, CA lab. The expansion is in response to growing demand for PV products and the company's dedication to providing the industry's fastest project turnaround. The state of the art testing laboratory is equipped with solar simulators, environmental chambers, rain & hail testers, impact and mechanical loading apparatus, among other equipment.

Intertek's Lake Forest lab began PV testing in October 2008 and has since expanded its solar testing scope to include Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), energy efficiency testing for CEC and FSEC, and performance testing. Intertek provides the ETL Mark for compliance to safety standards in North America and Europe. The lab's IECEE CB Scheme accreditation allows Intertek to conduct one set of tests that will provide manufacturers with market access to more than 40 countries that participate in the CB Scheme, saving manufacturers money and reducing their overall time-to-market.

"Organic growth of the solar industry, combined with our policy of faster project turnaround and customer access to our engineering team, has driven demand for our testing and certification services far beyond the capacity we planned just two years ago," said Sunny Rai, Program Director, Photovoltaic & Semiconductor at Intertek. "Intertek's commitment to helping manufacturers access more markets, shorten their time-to-market and reduce their overall testing costs necessitated this expansion."

In addition to the Lake Forest, CA lab, Intertek provides PV testing and certification through their lab in Shanghai China and through partners in Germany and Italy. Intertek is an OSHA-recognized NRTL (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) in the United States and accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a Testing Organization (TO) and Certification Organization (CO).

Intertek will be exhibiting at Intersolar North America 2010 in San Francisco's Moscone Center West Hall from July 13-15, booth number 9626.

For further information on Intertek's solar testing services, visit www.intertek.com/solar

About Intertek

Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace.

Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 24,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world. For further information, visit www.intertek.com/solar

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