George Kelly

Independent Expert Consultant PV Safety and Reliability

Mr. Kelly has 35 years of experience in the solar industry and has been involved with every phase of photovoltaics, from product design to personnel management. He gained comprehensive experience in assembly, design and testing of PV modules with Solarex; and developed innovative products and assembly techniques for diverse applications ranging from spacecraft to automotive to building integrated PV. For over 15 years he managed the ISO 9001-compliant stage/gate process for introduction of new products at BP Solar. Mr. Kelly is an industry-recognized expert on module reliability, certifications and qualification testing, with leadership role in development of international standards. 

He has been a leader in the standards development process for over 20 years and has worked with the PV committees of ASTM, IEC, UL, TUV-R, IEEE, IPC and SEMI. He served as a committee chair of ASTM E44 from 2003 to 2011 and organized specific research efforts on behalf of the committee. He was appointed as Secretary of IEC TC82 in January 2013, and in this role he manages the most extensive Work Programme of any IEC committee. He was elected in January 2015 as chairman of US National Committee of the new IECRE conformity assessment system for renewable energy. His commitment to improving industry standards is evident in his work recruiting partner companies to collaborate on important research efforts that increase understanding of PV reliability and enable continued growth in the PV industry worldwide. 

Mr. Kelly holds a master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Catholic University of America. He also earned certification from NASA for high-reliability soldering.