IDCOL Bangladesh: Quality Assurance for Off-Grid Solar Home Systems

A comparison of strategies employed by Lighting Global and the Bangladesh IDCOL Solar Home System Program

As we work to design a quality assurance framework for solar home system kits, the Lighting Global Quality Assurance team has sought to draw from available standards and to learn from existing quality assurance efforts. One quality assurance framework that we examined carefully was the one used by the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) in the Bangladesh solar home system (SHS) market. This framework is important in part because Bangladesh has the largest off-grid solar market in the world, with over 3 million systems installed over the past decade, and in part because the IDCOL approach to QA has enjoyed a significant degree of success in that market. However, it is important to recognize that the IDCOL QA framework was designed to operate in a particular context, and the Lighting Global program is designing a QA framework that must operate in a very different context. As such, there are limits to the lessons from the IDCOL QA framework that can be applied in the Lighting Global case.

Resource Type: Case Studies

Country: Bangladesh

Language: English