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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Quality standards define a baseline level of quality to protect and better serve consumers, buyers, and sellers. Stakeholders such as national governments, procurement programs, and others recognize standards to keep sub-standard products out of the market and ensure that the products they support are high-quality. VeraSol evaluates a product’s conformity to the quality standards and maintains a public database of certified products.
Initiating the certification process is easy. Simply fill out a short form and a member of our team will contact with you soon.
The quality standards address four core aspects of product quality: truth in advertising, safety, durability, and consumer protection.
Product packaging should include sufficient and accurate information on performance. Truth-in-advertising gives buyers the tools they need to accurately compare and choose products that best fit their needs.
Products need to meet minimum safety requirements to protect consumers against dangerous failures. Safety requirements include items such as circuit and overload protection.
Consumers need to know that the products they purchase will last. Durability covers aspects such as workmanship quality, water and physical ingress protection, and lumen maintenance.
End-users need to know how to use products and be protected in the event of product failure. Consumer protection requires products to contain a detailed user manual and adequate warranty coverage.
VeraSol uses the quality standards for pico-solar product and solar home system kits up to 350 Watts contained in IEC TS 62257-9-8, the only internationally recognized standards for these products. These standards are an updated version of the Lighting Global Quality Standards for pico-solar products and solar home system kits, developed by the World Bank Group and used widely around the world. Together with the corresponding test methods (IEC TS 62257-9-5), the IEC standards form the foundation for quality in the off-grid solar sector.
VeraSol provides a number of resources that help users understand the quality standards contained in IEC TS 62257-9-8, and to outline how the standards have changed over time.
VeraSol has developed and is piloting a set of quality standards for off-grid appropriate TVs and fans. We aim to develop quality standards for other solar appliances in the near future. These standards and test methods are intended to provide buyers with a framework to easily identify quality appliances that are sold independently from solar home system kits. Please contact us if you’d like to provide input on the standards or to learn more.
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