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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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.
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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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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.
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.
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.
VeraSol maintains a growing collection of resources for policymakers and practitioners. Learn more about the benefits of utilizing a harmonized framework for evaluating pico-solar products and SHS kits and the international standards that underpin it.