If you manufacture off-grid solar energy systems, there are many reasons to join the more than 50 companies who have had their products certified/quality-verified. VeraSol, an independent quality assurance program offers rigorous, third-party quality verification services for pico-solar products and solar home system kits up to 350 Wp. Lighting Global works closely with VeraSol to promote certified products and help them gain entry into key markets. 

There are many benefits to certifying your product with VeraSol: 

  • Signal to investors that your company is committed to quality. A number of institutions that invest in the off-grid solar sector consider quality verification in their due diligence process. 
  • Gain entry for your products to markets in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, where VeraSol certification and associated laboratory test reports can be used to demonstrate compliance with national standards.  
  • Bring your products to the attention of professional buyers. Many distributors, microfinance institutions, and other companies around the world are looking for quality-verified products to offer to their customers. 
  • Qualify your products for bulk procurements, results-based financing schemes, working capital facilities, and other programs funded by governments and development partners such as the World Bank, Energising Development (EnDev), The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and SNV Netherlands Development Organization. 
  • Get your products listed in a product catalogue and on the VeraSol Product Database. Each public listing in the VeraSol Product Database includes an official certification letter and a standardized specification sheet that clearly communicates your products’ key attributes to interested buyers. 
  • Have confidence that your products are tested correctly and test reports are accurate. The team of experts at VeraSol oversees the development of test plans, answers questions from the laboratories, and reviews every test report before it is delivered to you. 
  • Learn how your products compare to your competitors’ products. For each product that meets the quality standards, VeraSol provides a confidential benchmarking analysis that compares your product to other quality-verified products along with a number of dimensions. 
  • Get help bringing your products into compliance with the quality standards. If your product does not meet one or more of the quality standards, VeraSol will identify the reasons for failure, give you tailored guidance on how to bring your product into compliance, and work with you to retest and reevaluate the product. 

Initiate the Testing Process 

Please visit VeraSol.org to learn more about the testing and quality verification process. To initiate the testing process, please contact VeraSol by sending an email to testing@verasol.org or filling out a short contact form 

Pricing (effective October 16, 2020)

Product testing costs are not included in these fees. Testing costs are determined by independent testing laboratories and must be paid directly to the test lab that conducts the test. Manufacturers who wish to have their products tested must contract with an approved laboratory for testing services.

Varies

Penalties 
Failure to correct a Conditional Pass $2000
Standard Quality Verification Service  Price (USD)
Base Fee for Market Entry Testing (QTM) $300
Base Fee for Renewal or Retesting $100
Sampling (per event, may vary by location) $450
Invoicing Fee $50
Additional Fees
… per Pico product $350
… per Solar Home System (SHS) kit $450
… per unique additional component without a battery $60
… per unique additional component with a battery $100
per new product family $400
… per revised product family $200
per additional Wh/day calculation $35
… per non-plug-and-play product $500
Additional & Optional Services
Benchmarking Analysis included in Cover Letter $100
Research Requests Varies
Accelerated Verification Method (AVM) $1200+
Initial Screening Method (ISM) report review $500
Co-Branding (per co-branded product) $400
Co-Branding (per family) $600
Daily Energy Service Recalculation for an individual product’s Spec Sheet $200
Upgrade existing certification to IEC TS 62257-9-8 Varies

* Quality verification services include designing a test plan, reviewing packaging and user manuals prior to testing, coordinating random sampling, overseeing testing, reviewing the test report, and if the product meets Lighting Global Quality Standards, creating a Verification Letter, Standardized Specification Sheet, and a listing for the product on the Lighting Global website. Product testing is not included.