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The Florida Solar Energy Center Eliminated the Backlog for Testing and Certification and Reduced its Reliance on State Funds, Report No. 11-19, September 2011
 
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  • Subsequent to our 2009 report, the University of Central Florida directed the Florida Solar Energy Center to reduce its testing and certification backlog. The center analyzed its testing process for barriers and made several improvements, including increasing the number of test stands and automating test data collection. These changes reduced test times from 227 to 129 days, a 43% decrease. The center also transferred some of the backlog to other laboratories. As a result, the backlog was eliminated and the laboratory capacity increased.
  • In addition, the university directed the center to reduce its reliance on state funds for testing and certification services. The center significantly increased testing fees and used other funds such as additional contract and grant funds from the Solar Rating & Certification Corporation to cover costs. The amount of state funds used to pay for testing decreased from $256,255 in Fiscal Year 2007-08 to $77,931 in Fiscal Year 2010-11, a 70% reduction.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 09-17 Florida Solar Energy Center Conducts Research and Development; Legislature Could Direct Fee Increases and Drop Certification Requirement,published in March 2009.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

State University System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-41 Increased Accountability and Oversight of University Centers and Institutes Is Needed, published in May 2010.
  • Report No. 07-36 Supplemental Report: Profiles of Selected University Centers and Institutes,published in August 2007.
  • Report No. 07-35 University Centers and Institutes Report Many Benefits; the Oversight Process Needs to Be Strengthened,published in August 2007.

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