To help you decide which product is right for you, and to ensure that you are investing in a quality product, VeraSol, an evolution of Lighting Global Quality Assurance, maintains a regularly updated list of quality-verified solar energy kits and independently-tested fans, refrigerators, televisions, and solar water pumps. Users may now use this database to confirm whether a solar energy kit meets the Lighting Global Quality Standards or the quality standards in IEC TS 62257-9-8.
Off-grid solar products get their energy from the sun. They offer a wide range of services ranging from a single task light to solar home systems (SHS), many of which can power a TV or a fan, to productive uses leveraging solar energy (PULSE) products such as solar water pumps, and systems to power health centers, schools, and other public institutions.
Solar products provide a better, safer light than conventionally used off-grid alternatives. The up-front cost of purchasing a solar lantern is typically recouped in a matter of months through savings that would otherwise be spent on kerosene, batteries, or candles. SHS often have pay-as-you go (PAYG) options, enabling you to pay for their energy services over time.