ASU has joined forces with TUV Rheinland Group to create TUV Rheinland PTL, LLC, the most comprehensive, sophisticated, state-of-the-art facility for testing and certification of solar energy equipment in the world. The previous Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory has long been the only lab in the United States accredited for photovoltaic design qualification and type approval. The new TUV Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory substantially expands the lab's testing capabilities in both volume and scope by adding state-of-the-art test equipment and the capacity to test and certify photovoltaic panels and electrical components for Europe, Asia and North America. The updated facility is expected to produce local economic impacts by attracting solar energy manufacturers and entrepreneurs to Arizona, boosting the state’s solar energy credentials, and increasing employment in the solar energy industry. The laboratory is located off the Tempe campus at the Arizona Public Service Company Solar Test and Research Facility.