In April 2013 the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published technical specification 62257-9-5: Recommendations for small renewable energy and hybrid systems for rural electrification – Part 9-5: Integrated system – Selection of stand-alone lighting kits for rural electrification. IEC 62257-9-5 is now the official test methods document for testing pico-products for Lighting Global. Similar methods are referenced in the Lighting Global Solar Home System Kit Quality Assurance Protocols for testing plug-and-play solar home system kits. Now that the Lighting Global test methods are published as an international technical specification, test laboratories that are not currently part of the Lighting Global network can apply to provide product-testing services to off-grid lighting manufacturers according to the Lighting Global test methods. However, results from a particular test laboratory will not be accepted as valid unless the laboratory has been pre-approved by the Lighting Global program and has signed a cooperation agreement with Lighting Global / IFC that specifies the nature of the relationship between the lab and the program.
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