VeraSol works closely with market actors to help them make, source, and support quality off-grid solar solutions.
We define how product quality is measured, providing a common language for making performance claims.
We help determine and set the baseline level of product quality for consumer protection.
We standardize off-grid appliance testing, enabling consistent product comparisons.
We certify products that meet international standards through independent evaluation.
We improve global testing capacity through laboratory training and knowledge dissemination.
We generate comparable data to showcase quality products and drive faster decisionmaking.
We assist governments in the development and adoption of standards and policies.
We communicate to the market about the importance and need for quality assurance.
An effective quality assurance program catalyzes off-grid solar markets and brings power to the world’s most vulnerable communities by delivering quality products that perform as advertised.
By prioritizing quality, all sector actors can help build a competitive global market where durable, high-performing off-grid solar solutions are the default option.
Quality assurance helps catalyze off-grid solar markets and bring reliable energy services to the world’s most vulnerable communities through high-performing products.
VeraSol's trusted, rigorous, and widely-applicable quality assurance program supports a wide range of stakeholders, from manufacturers to consumers.
Signal your commitment to quality, gain entry into key markets, and attract the attention of professional buyers.
Millions of people around the world have benefited from using certified solar energy kits.
Help shape the QA program! VeraSol regularly aggregates feedback from a diverse range of stakeholders. We use this information to inform our policies and procedures.
An evolution of Lighting Global Quality Assurance, VeraSol supports high-performing, durable off-grid solar products that expand access to modern energy services.
VeraSol is an evolved quality assurance program that builds upon the rich history of Lighting Global Quality Assurance.
The VeraSol team holds a rich technical and programmatic background in quality assurance coupled with a commitment to provide neutral, high-quality service to the sector.
VeraSol brings together a diverse network of organizations, institutions, and programs to improve the quality and availability of modern off-grid solar solutions worldwide.
VeraSol builds global testing capacity to evaluate off-grid solar solutions and generate high-quality test data.
VeraSol maintains a growing library of resources on off-grid solar quality assurance. Browse our publication library, view previously certified products, and explore frequently asked questions about our program and core services.
Publications, Technical Notes, policies, and resources about off-grid solar quality assurance.
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A complete list of products that were supported by VeraSol, but no longer have active certification letters.
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Quality assurance is a critical and stabilizing force within the off-grid solar energy industry. In 2007, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and World Bank first recognized the need to support healthy market growth and protect consumers. For over a decade, with foundational support from the World Bank Group, Lighting Global Quality Assurance promoted the manufacturing, distribution, and procurement of quality pico-PV products and solar home system kits.
The off-grid solar energy market has changed dramatically since 2007. Advancements in technology and consumer affordability have pushed the market toward larger solar systems that enable the use of higher-power appliances and productive uses. As consumers climb the energy ladder, the need to expand quality assurance beyond lighting grows. VeraSol is the answer to the market's evolving needs, providing services for a growing suite of off-grid appropriate technologies.
Launched in 2020, VeraSol is an evolution of Lighting Global Quality Assurance. VeraSol builds upon the strong foundation for quality assurance laid by the World Bank Group and merges it with comparable product data for off-grid appliances and productive use equipment previously housed under Equip Data. To better serve consumers, companies, and markets, VeraSol now encompasses technical foundations for appliances and plans to expand quality assurance services for these products in the coming years.
IFC and World Bank create the Lighting Africa Program
Lighting Africa Quality Test Method developed with support from Fraunhofer
First off-grid lighting products meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards
Lighting Asia Program launches
Lighting Global Quality Test Method published by the IEC as TS 62257-9-5.
Through the Global Leap Awards, CLASP develops off-grid TV test methods & generates off-grid television data
Lighting Global Quality Standards expand to SHS kits.
Off-Grid Appliance Data Platform pilot launches.
CLASP awarded contract to implement Lighting Global Quality Assurance with the Schatz Energy Research Center.
CLASP adds off-grid refrigerator data to its database & tests off-grid appliances in 10 markets
As of 2019, five countries have adopted the Lighting Global Quality Standards
Over 30 million quality-verified products sold since 2010
Under Efficiency for Access, CLASP launches Equip Data, containing comparable data for televisions, fans, refrigerators, and solar water pumps
IEC Technical Committee 82 unanimously approves to approve the first-ever standards for standalone solar energy kits (IEC TS 62257-9-8).
Lighting Global Quality Assurance and Equip Data are rebranded as VeraSol. The program is operated by CLASP in partnership with the Schatz Energy Research Center.
IEC publishes IEC the first quality standards for standalone solar energy kits (IEC TS 62257-9-7)
VeraSol launches a new website and interactive product database