SOLA Future Energy has obtained its ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems certification. The certification, maintained by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), is an internationally-recognised metric to validate the quality of a company’s management systems. Having the certification shows SOLA’s commitment to offering a world-class level of service for designing, constructing and maintaining PV systems.
SOLA Future Energy is a company that believes in powering Africa’s prosperity through clean, affordable energy. Since its establishment, the company has constructed over 12.5 MW of solar systems, mainly on commercial and industrial buildings, retail centres and microgrids. The ISO 9001:2015 certification was awarded once a process of internal and external auditing of SOLA’s ability to design, construct and maintain solar PV systems was completed.
“Certification for the standard was a lengthy process that involved the participation of the whole company,” said Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy. In May 2016, SOLA began implementing the quality management system, in line with the latest ISO9001:2015 standard. “Over a period of 6 months, the quality team worked with SOLA staff members and management to intricately understand the processes and management structures used to deliver on solar projects. Each process was formally documented and a baseline for improvements was established,” Wills added.
The Quality Standard, which formally documents processes, as well as roles and responsibilities and applicable metrics, also involves SOLA suppliers. “Our management-approved suppliers list forms part of our Quality Certification, and it ensures our control over the quality of goods and services received by clients,” said Wills.
SOLA Future Energy recently signed an agreement with Atterbury Property Developments to provide PV for their portfolio of properties, and has also opened a Johannesburg branch to service clients across Africa. “The company is growing from strength to strength, and our ISO 9001 certification is part of that,” Wills stated.
The ISO9001:2015 certificate is valid for 3 years and the company will undergo yearly audits by the certification body, TÜV Rheinland.