Lighting Global Quality Standards (SHS Kits)
This document describes the Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits, which set a baseline level of quality, durability, and truth in advertising to protect consumers. Kits covered by these Standards must have a peak power of 350 W or less and a DC voltage of 35 V or less. [Note, products 10 W and smaller are evaluated as pico-products under the Pico-PV Quality Standards. If products between 11-15 W need to be evaluated as pico-PV products to meet an outside requirement, an additional two samples may be evaluated during testing and the product will be required to meet both sets of quality standards.]
Conformance with the Quality Standards is evaluated based on results from laboratory testing according to the Quality Test Method (QTM) as defined by IEC/TS 62257-9-5. Products that have met the Quality Standards are issued a Spec Sheet and Verification Letter and posted on a digital product database.
Please follow this Change Log to see what changed when in each set of quality standards.
This document was produced by Lighting Global Quality Assurance. In February 2020, Lighting Global Quality Assurance evolved to become VeraSol, an independent program offering quality assurance services for solar energy kits and off-grid appliances.