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Technical Assistance

VeraSol supports governments and large institutions in the development, adoption, and implementation of standards and policies for off-grid solar solutions.

Prioritize Quality, Protect Consumers

VeraSol helps governments and larger institutions leverage quality assurance for consumer protection and market transformation through policy support and technical assistance.

VeraSol maintains the most widely recognized quality assurance framework for pico-solar products and solar home system kits in the world. Our rigorous test methods and quality standards have been adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a leading international standards organization. Governments around the world use this framework as the basis for tax and duty polices, voluntary market stimulation programs, and regulations to protect consumers from poor-quality products.

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The Role of Quality Assurance in Policy

Around the world, governments are embracing standalone solar systems to meet universal electrification targets. However, the quality and durability of many of the products available on the market today threaten the ability of off-grid solar solutions to deliver meaningful impacts. In fact, the majority of solar products sold today do not meet international quality standards, leaving customers vulnerable to the risks of unreliable products.

Quality standards work to support sustainable market growth and ensure that customers have access to reliable off-grid energy services. By adopting harmonized standards for off-grid energy solutions, governments can foster the rapid diffusion of innovative new products, minimize design and compliance costs for manufacturers, and protect consumers through improved product quality.

How and Where We Work

VeraSol provides direct support to governments looking to protect consumers by blocking or discouraging the entry of poor quality products onto the market. We work hand-in-hand with policymakers on the adoption and implementation of harmonized international standards, as both mandatory and voluntary measures.

VeraSol supports the Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility to facilitate the adoption of quality standards for solar energy kits in fourteen countries across the continent.

As of early 2020, four countries—Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania—had harmonized their national standards for pico-solar products with our quality standards and the test methods specified in IEC TS 62257-9-5. An additional 31 countries—including Nigeria, Pakistan, and the ECOWAS states of West Africa—are exploring or are in the process of adopting standards for pico-solar products.

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Drawing from years of experience and best practice, high-quality technical assistance from VeraSol actively supports governments and programs working to design effective policy solutions and initiatives for off-grid solar solutions.

If you are a policymaker, government official, or a representative from a large institution in need of technical assistance please contact us.

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