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Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC)

SRCC offers independent certification of solar water and pool heating collectors and systems.

Collectors: In November of 1980 SRCC established its certification and rating program for solar collectors. The program provides a means for evaluating the maintainability of solar collectors and a thermal performance rating characteristic of all-day energy output of a solar collector under prescribed rating conditions. The scope of the program includes swimming pool and recreational heating, space heating, cooling, and water heating. The program is administered according to SRCC Document OG-100, "Operating Guidelines for Certifying Solar Collectors," and its companion document, SRCC Standard 100, "Test Methods and Minimum Standards for Certifying Solar Collectors." Program participation is voluntary and all manufacturers of applicable products are eligible to participate in the SRCC solar collector certification program.

Systems: In response to its industry participants, SRCC developed a solar water heating system rating and certification program, short-titled OG-300. The purpose of this solar water heating system certification and rating program is to improve performance and reliability of solar products. It integrates results of collector tests and system tests with evaluations against minimum standards of system durability, reliability, safety and operation; as well as factors affecting total system design, installation, maintenance and service. Giving suppliers the opportunity to submit their solar domestic hot water (SDHW) system designs to an open-ended review encourages them to produce the best products possible.