Quality assurance for off-grid solar solutions
Today’s off-grid solar energy market is characterized by products with varying levels of quality and durability. Some are designed and manufactured well, while others fall short of expectations for safety, durability, and performance.
For many bottom-of-the-pyramid consumers, purchasing a solar product is a major decision and investment. Spending limited funds on a poor-quality product could be devastating for the consumer and harm the reputation of off-grid solar products generally.
By prioritizing the quality of solar energy solutions, VeraSol builds a competitive global market where high-performing products help consumers unlock the full range of benefits that stem from having access to modern energy services.
VeraSol’s Core Services
Define how product quality is measured, giving the industry a common language for making claims about product performance.
Determine the baseline level of product quality for consumer protection as reflected in internationally-recognized standards.
Enables apples-to-apples comparisons through standardized testing.
Confirms whether a solar energy kit meets internationally-recognized standards for quality, durability, and truth-in-advertising.
Test Lab Capacity Building
Improves global capacity to test to standards and produce reliable, consistent performance data.
Product Data Sharing
Improves decision making and scales the market for quality of-grid solar solutions through comparable data.
Supports governments in the adoption and
implementation of policies for off-grid solar solutions.
Communicates to the market about the importance and specifies of product quality.
Independent, Trusted, Third-Party Data
VeraSol’s user-friendly product database makes it easy to find and compare independently-tested solar energy kits and appliances. All listed products have undergone rigorous testing and evaluation by approved test laboratories according to international test methods.
Explore VeraSol Publications
Rapid Product Assessment: A New Approach to Testing Productive Use Appliances
VeraSol developed a Rapid Product Assessment approach for the quality evaluation of emerging productive use equipment. The new testing protocol offers a more direct and affordable pathway to verifying the quality of these nascent technologies.
Off- and Weak-Grid Appliance Market: Nigeria
This country profile covers relevant market and appliance performance data for off-grid appliances sold in Nigeria based on findings from Efficiency for Access market surveys. It provides market insights to help inform sector stakeholders and encourage higher market penetration for high-quality off- and weak-grid appropriate appliances.
Off- and Weak Grid Appliance Market: Sierra Leone
This country profile covers relevant market and appliance performance data for off-grid appliances sold in Sierra Leone based on findings from Efficiency for Access market surveys. The profile explores the overall market landscape in Sierra Leone, the common power type, size, price, and warranty of off-grid appliances sold in retail markets, and other findings relevant to sector stakeholders working in Sierra Leone.
Finding the Sweet Spot: Identifying Affordable Quality Solar Products for the Last Mile
This report brings together the GDC’s findings from 6 months of research on the quality of best-selling non-quality-verified (non-QV) products in Kenya. Through a funnelled field survey and quality testing led by VeraSol, our research identified non-QV products that are close to meeting the Lighting Global Quality Standards while remaining highly price-competitive with leading products in the market today.
Renewable Energy Systems
Practical Guidelines for Shipping Off-Grid Appliances
This essential guide includes a cost analysis, an overview of import and export regulations, and a set of practical steps to prepare a product for shipment for three appliance categories: small household appliances (e.g. TVs and fans), refrigerators and solar water pumps.
2019 Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide for Solar Water Pumps
The Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide is a catalog of the world’s best off-grid appliances. This edition contains information about solar water pumps that were named Winners and Finalists in the 2019 Global LEAP Awards.