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.
We regularly check and confirm that off-grid solar products in the market continue to meet quality standards.
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.
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Millions of people around the world have benefited from using certified solar energy kits.
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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.
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Test methods are the first component of a quality assurance framework. Test methods define a standard set of processes that evaluate products of a given type. They enable test labs, manufacturers, and others to assess product performance and produce test results that are consistent, comparable, and repeatable. The test methods used by VeraSol are developed using a rigorous process in consultation with industry stakeholders and international standardization bodies to support all market actors and avoid biases.
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VeraSol tests and certifies solar energy kits with solar modules up to a 350-Watt peak. We use the test methods defined in IEC TS 62257-9-5: Laboratory evaluation of stand-alone renewable energy products for rural electrification. They are specifically designed to measure performance, durability, safety, quality of workmanship, lumen maintenance and more.
We conduct all testing according to IEC TS 62257-9-5, but the number of required samples and method for sampling depends on the purpose of the testing:
Initial Screening Method (ISM)An optional, abbreviated test method that can offer key feedback to the manufacturer and indicate whether or not the product is likely to meet the quality standards.
Quality Test Method (QTM)The complete test method used to verify comprehensive product quality and performance. Results from QTM testing are used to determine if a product has met the quality standards. QTM results are valid for two years.
Market Check Test Method (MCM)The MCM is used during Market Check Testing to ensure products sold in the market meet that measured during program entry. The MCM is also used for renewal testing to extend the certification for another two years.
Accelerated Verification Method (AVM)An optional, alternative certification pathway that is faster than standard QTM testing. The AVM maintains the rigour of certification through a combination of eligibility screening and comprehensive follow-up QTM testing.
Pay-As-you-Go Market Check Test (PAYG - MCT) Method The PAYG - MCT method is used to confirm the basic PAYG functionality of solar energy kits sold in the market if concerns arise regarding the function of a product's PAYG system. The procedure tests features specific to the PAYG system that are only functional in the intended location of use and could not be tested during a typical Market Check Test.
Test results from QTM and AVM are used to determine if a product meets the quality standards and will be certified by VeraSol. Testing is performed by VeraSol’s global network of approved test laboratories.
VeraSol uses the Global LEAP test methods for standalone TVs, fans, refrigerators, and solar water pumps intended for use with off-grid solar energy systems, such as solar home system kits or mini-grids. The Global LEAP test methods leverage pre-existing and widely-accepted international test methods, adapted in close collaboration with off-grid professionals and other market, product, and testing experts. These standardized test methods enable consistent product-to-product comparisons.
The Global LEAP test methods primarily cover:
Energy PerformanceEnergy consumption, efficiency, and other product-specific metrics in nominal conditions and conditions reflective of off-or weak-grid scenarios (e.g. over-and under-voltage, and high temperatures)
Quality & DurabilityQuality of service being provided by the appliance (e.g. luminance of a TV) and durability in off-grid conditions (e.g. functionality after voltage fluctuations or drop test)
Safety & Consumer ProtectionProduct safety (e.g. ingress protection) and consumer-facing information (e.g. warranty and performance claims)
The Global LEAP test methods are used by VeraSol to test and evaluate off-grid appliances. All of the appliances contain in the VeraSol Product Database have been tested according to these test methods.
The test methods for solar energy kits can be purchased through the IEC website and the Global LEAP off-grid appliance test methods are available through the VeraSol website. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about the test methods or are interested in developing new test methods for off-grid solar products.
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