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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VeraSol’s comprehensive quality assurance program benefits a wide range of stakeholders.
The benefits of a rigorous and robust quality assurance program impact everyone in the off-grid solar sector. By prioritizing durable, good-quality products, market actors can better meet consumer expectations, reduce financial risk, increase impact, and bolster confidence in the off-grid solar energy market.
By working with VeraSol, manufacturers can easily assess their own products, compare them against competitors’, and make smarter product development decisions. Certified products gain entry into important markets (including Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania) and are eligible for many bulk procurements, results-based financing schemes, working capital facilities, and other initiatives
With VeraSol, distributors can easily identify and source products that will meet their customers’ needs and expectations. This reduces financial and reputational risks associated with guaranteeing products to end consumers and sales partners.
Governments can use VeraSol’s quality assurance framework as a basis for tax and duty policies, voluntary market stimulation programs, and product regulations to protect consumers. By aligning with international standards, policymakers reduce the time and resources needed to develop these policies and give consumers expanded access to global product innovations.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania have adopted mandatory national standards aligned with the Lighting Global Quality Standards. Many other countries are expected to do similarly in the future.
Increase impact and cost-effectiveness by limiting eligibility for program participation to products that meet minimum international quality standards. Our quality standards (adopted by the IEC) are built upon widely accepted IEC test methods and backed by a global network of accredited labs. By aligning requirements with international standards, programs can be confident that products will perform as advertised and meet consumers’ expectations for performance, durability, and safety. The World Bank, GIZ, Energising Development (EnDev) program, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and SNV Netherlands Development Organization are just a few of the institutions that have adopted such eligibility requirements.
Reduce risk by investing only in companies that trade in products designed to meet consumers’ expectations for quality, performance, and durability. By leveraging our quality assurance framework, portfolio managers can streamline due diligence and reduce technology-related risk.
By partnering with VeraSol, test labs can attract a wider client base by improving their capacity to reliably test a broad range of solar products to the applicable international standards.
While VeraSol does not work directly with consumers, they benefit from the greater availability of high-quality products at an affordable price. They can trust manufacturers’ performance claims and avoid investing in products that don't perform as expected.
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