On Thursday, May 7 at 13:00 GMT, VeraSol will host a webinar about the soon-to-be-published International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) quality standards for pico-solar products and solar home system kits. Participants will learn how the IEC standards differ from the Lighting Global Quality Standards and receive guidance on how public and private actors can successfully transition to using the new standards.
The new standards, which will be published as IEC TS 62257-9-8, are based on and will replace the Lighting Global Quality Standards, which for many years have served as the de facto international standards for off-grid solar products.
IEC adoption of the Quality Standards opens the door to the widespread use of a proven and robust quality assurance framework for off-grid solar products that protect consumers and promote market growth, ultimately improving energy access.
Achieving these benefits while avoiding negative market disruption will require a coordinated transition to the IEC standards. As Lighting Global product certifications expire, manufacturers will re-certify their products according to the new IEC standards. Governments and programs are encouraged to accept both Lighting Global quality-verified products and those that meet the IEC standards.
More details and guidance are available in our recently published Technical Note Issue 32: https://www.lightingglobal.org/resource/iec-adopts-quality-standards-for-standalone-solar-energy-kits-implications-for-governments-and-other-institutions/.