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.
Learn more about VeraSol, the testing or certification process, and how to use our Product Database.
A complete list of products that were supported by VeraSol, but no longer have active certification letters.
Browse current and past programs, results-based financing mechanisms, open tenders, bulk procurements, and other initiatives looking for VeraSol-certified solar energy kits.
Explore over 1,500 appliance policies across more than 130 economies, including for off-grid products.
View hundreds of independently tested and certified off-grid solar solutions.
We recommend reaching out directly to manufacturers to get more information on their processes for procurement. All solar energy kits include the manufacturer’s contact information on their product’s page. For off-grid appliance Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists, you can refer to the Buyer’s Guides for TVs (2016 and 2017), fans (2016 and 2017), refrigerators (2017 and 2019), and solar water pumps (2019) for manufacturers’ contact information. Mangoo Marketplace also sells some of the appliances featured on VeraSol Product Database.
To submit your product for testing and to be featured on Product Database, please fill out this contact form.
If you would like to contact someone from the VeraSol test lab network or are interested in learning more, please contact us so we can connect you with the appropriate person or provide you with more information on the test labs.
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More information about the Lighting Global program may be found on their website.
Efficiency for Access is a global coalition working to promote high performing appliances that enable access to clean energy for the world’s poorest people. It is a catalyst for change, accelerating the growth of off-grid appliance markets to boost incomes, reduce carbon emissions, improve quality of life and support sustainable development.
The Global LEAP Awards is an international competition that identifies the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid appliances. The Global LEAP Awards aims to drive innovation and performance in early stage product markets, while also building valuable technical and commercial market infrastructure.
Schatz Energy Research Center is an affiliate energy research center at Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering program. The center’s mission is to promote the use of clean and renewable energy. Schatz Energy Research Center leads technical aspects of VeraSol.
CLASP is an international non-profit organization that improves the energy and environmental performance of the appliances and equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. CLASP manages VeraSol’s operations
Foundational support is provided by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program (supported by The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea), UK aid, the IKEA Foundation, Good Energies Foundation, and others.
No, the IFC and World Bank have not discontinued their support for quality assurance. It was always the World Bank Group’s intention to grow the quality assurance program into a standalone program under the leadership of CLASP. The IFC and World Bank will continue to work closely with VeraSol by proving foundational support and strategic guidance.
No, Lighting Global will continue to operate as a market development program offering business development services to companies. Lighting Global will continue to work in close coordination with CLASP and the Schatz Energy Research Center to support a smooth transition from Lighting Global Quality Assurance to VeraSol.
The off-grid solar energy industry has grown and changed since Lighting Global Quality Assurance was created. Off-grid companies now make, distribute, and sell products beyond basic lighting solutions. A new name and brand will allow VeraSol to serve a more diverse range of market actors and product categories, including off-grid appliances and productive uses.
VeraSol, an evolution of Lighting Global Quality Assurance, builds upon the strong foundation laid by the World Bank Group and merges it with comparable product data for off-grid appliances and productive use equipment currently housed under Equip Data. VeraSol is managed by CLASP in collaboration with the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University.