The most comprehensive testing and
rating facility in the nation is dedicated to advancing the solar
industry through research and promulgation of accurate independent
data for the consumer. Established as an arm of the State of Florida
University system it has expanded to handle the proliferation of solar technology.
The solar industry and the general public at large have
benefited greatly from the testing and thermal rating systems developed by the center. All
panels marketed or produced in the State of Florida must, by state statute, undergo the
procedures adopted by the center before it can legally be sold in the state. This protects
the consumer from the unfortunate effects of fly-by-night contracting. Although the center
does not test for longevity or durability of a given product the output ratings at least
separate obvious losers.