Call for comments on Lighting Global draft Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

Lighting Global and the regional Lighting AfricaLighting Asia, and Lighting Pacific programs are in the process of extending support to larger (10W to 100W) solar home system kits in response to consumer and industry demands.

We are now releasing our draft Test Methods for SHS kits for stakeholder review. These methods are similar to those for pico products, but include some modifications and new methods, such as an assessment of USB and other ports on the products. We have used lessons learned from pilot testing and feedback from the respective participating companies to inform development of the draft Test Methods, but would now appreciate broader stakeholder feedback. After incorporating your feedback, we intend to submit these draft Test Methods to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in November 2015.

We have also revised the Lighting Global Quality Standards for SHS kits based on feedback from our previous round of stakeholder review and lessons learned during pilot testing. Both the revised Quality Standards and draft Test Methods were developed by a team of researchers from Lighting Global QA and Fraunhofer ISE with funding from the World Bank and Global LEAP. We are interested in your feedback on both documents.

The engagement process:

  • Review the draft Test Methods and/or revised Quality Standards. Note, these are two separate documents.
  • After reviewing the draft Test Methods and/or revised Quality Standards, provide comments through this online form.To enable you to prepare responses in advance of filling out the online form, the questions are listed in this document, however, all comments must be submitted through the online form.

Comments must be received by Tuesday, September 15th in order for them to be considered for inclusion in our submission to the IEC. Please note that it will take time for the document to move through the IEC process. Comments received after September 15 may still be considered, but it is unlikely that they will be incorporated into the initial draft of the methods that are submitted to the IEC.

If you would not like to provide comments, but are still interested in receiving email updates regarding this stakeholder process and our expansion into solar home system kits, please sign up: Email sign-up

If you have questions on the solar home system framework, please contact shs@lightingglobal.org. Continued updates on the expansion to solar home system kits will be posted on the Lighting Global stakeholder page.

Looking forward to your feedback!

Meg Harper

Lighting Global Quality Assurance Team

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Dear Stakeholders,
 
As part of our effort to extend support to larger solar home system (SHS) kits, in August, the Lighting Global team released our draft Test Methods for SHS kits for stakeholder review (see my earlier post).
 
Initial stakeholder feedback included a request that we provide more information as to how these methods differ from the existing test methods for pico-products, which are detailed in IEC/TS 62257-9-5. In response, we have created a short guide that introduces the draft Test Methods for SHS kits and describes how they differ from IEC/TS 62257-9-5.
 
We are still interested in feedback on the draft Test Methods and/or revised Quality Standards. Please review the draft Test Methods and/or revised Quality Standards, and provide comments through this online form.
 
We have also extended the deadline for comments. Comments must be received by Friday, September 25th in order for them to be considered for inclusion in our submission to the IEC. Please note that it will take time for the document to move through the IEC process. Comments received after September 25 may still be considered, but it is unlikely that they will be incorporated into the initial draft of the methods that are submitted to the IEC.

Cheers,

Meg Harper

Lighting Global Quality Assurance Team

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