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History

VeraSol is an evolved quality assurance program that builds upon the rich history of Lighting Global Quality Assurance.

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Our Foundation

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.

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Serving a Dynamic Market

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.

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The Evolution to VeraSol

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.

The History of Quality Assurance

VeraSol combines the rich history of Lighting Global Quality Assurance with appliance performance data collected through Equip Data. VeraSol is operated by CLASP in partnership with the Schatz Energy Research Center.
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. Kenya adopts the Lighting Global Quality Standards

Off-Grid Appliance Data Platform pilot launches. Test method and performance data available for fans

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 40 million quality-verified products sold since 2009
Under Efficiency for Access, CLASP launches Equip Data, containing comparable data for televisions, fans, refrigerators, and solar water pumps
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January

IEC Technical Committee 82 unanimously approves to approve the first-ever standards for standalone solar energy kits (IEC TS 62257-9-8)

February

Lighting Global Quality Assurance and Equip Data come together to form VeraSol

June

IEC publishes IEC the first quality standards for standalone solar energy kits (IEC TS 62257-9-8)

July

VeraSol launches a new website and interactive product database

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