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Navigating ethical sourcing and compliance in PV module supply chains

In this pv magazine Webinar, together with CEA, we will provide an overview of the locations and capacity of the upstream PV supply chain and outline the pros and cons of various sourcing strategies.


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Evolving policies and trade regulations in the solar industry, such as the U.S. UFLPA, have led to necessary changes in sourcing strategies for PV module buyers. While many buyers are purchasing from the largest vertically integrated Tier 1 Chinese suppliers to minimize traceability risks, others are considering procuring from non-Chinese suppliers based out of Southeast Asia and India.

In this pv magazine Webinar, CEA will outline the pros and cons of these two sourcing strategies, and provide an overview of the locations and capacity of the upstream PV supply chain. They will also share how procurement teams can identify potential importation compliance risks when sourcing from Southeast Asia and India.

CEA’s Asia-based traceability experts will share what they’ve learned through conducting dozens of traceability audits in upstream factories and provide a roadmap for a due diligence framework that solar developers can use to appropriately evaluate manufacturers and minimize procurement risks.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Pros and cons of common strategies for ethical sourcing of PV modules
  • Overview of the current locations and capacity of the upstream PV supply chain
  • Summary of how top Chinese module manufacturers have improved their traceability systems since 2022
  • Identification of the risks of procuring from non-Chinese suppliers in Southeast Asia and India, and proposed strategies to mitigate that risk
  • Overview of the techniques and due diligence frameworks buyers can use to minimize procurement risk
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Tristan Rayner, editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Nicola Licata | Senior Project Manager ESG & Traceability, CEA

Nicola Licata is a Senior ESG & Traceability Project Manager at Clean Energy Associates (CEA), based in Shanghai. As a certified ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor and GRI Certified Sustainability Professional, she has contributed to 35 documentary and 22 on-site Chain of Custody Audits on PV suppliers in China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Arturo Cortes Chavez | Business Unit Manager & Senior Project Manager ESG, CEA

Arturo Cortes, an ESG Business Unit Manager and Senior Project Manager at Clean Energy Associates (CEA), has over 14 years of experience in ESG, EIA, CSR and advisory on critical minerals industry, PV and wind farms. With a dual Master's degree in Sustainability, Strategy Specialist from HSBx and PMP® Certified certification, he provides tailored advisory services in investment frameworks, due diligence, and M&A to global equity providers, financing institutions, EPC, and asset managers. Together with the team, he contributed to providing investing confidence for over 15GW of renewable energy projects during 2023-2024.

Joseph Johnson | Senior Manager, Market Intelligence, CEA

Joseph has over 5 years in the PV solar and energy storage industry and more than 7 years of experience in data analysis roles and in providing valuable insight into a range of trade related issues facing the solar industry. Joseph also stays at the forefront of emerging policy changes, and he is committed to ensuring clients receive the latest supplier and industry insights by curating CEA's supplier intelligence offerings.


Tristan Rayner | Editor, pv magazine

After studying Electrical Engineering, Tristan Rayner turned his attention to editorial roles. Prior to joining pv magazine in 2020, he was managing editor and founding editor of culture, tech and sport publications in Australia, and later contributed to publications including Android Authority, AFP, ZDNet, and YouTube channel The Friday Checkout, among other roles.

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