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MANDATORY SOLAR STANDARDS IN THE OFFING TO ENSURE SAFETY, QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF SOLAR PRODUCTS

  5th November , 2020 ,       Hits: 1115

The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is in the final stages of developing a standard for solar products in the Solar Home System (SHS) and Pico solar products category – largely plug and play products. This follows a public outcry of poor quality solar products flooding the market.

A public review of the Draft Solar Plug and Play standard IEC TS 62257-9-8:2020 was held on Thursday 5th November, by UNBS in partnership with the Uganda Solar Energy Association (USEA), Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and RENCON Uganda, ahead of the standards approval by the National Standards Council.

The draft standard, IEC 62257-9-8:2020 provides baseline requirements for quality, durability and truth in advertising to protect consumers of off-grid renewable energy products in general.

Some of the draft standard’s minimum requirements include;

During the public review, UNBS Standards Development Manager, Mr. Andrew Othieno revealed that the Draft Standard, once approved will be made Mandatory for solar products dealers, importers, users etc.

The UNBS Deputy Executive Director in charge of standards, Ms Patricia Bageine Ejalu also revealed that there will be a lot of imports inspections and market surveillance activities to ensure that all poor quality solar products are taken off the market.

A Public review session is part of the final stages of developing a standard. After the review, the draft standard is open to the public for comments until the end of this month, after which it will be submitted to the National Standards Council for approval.

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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is a statutory body responsible for developing, promoting and enforcing standards in protection of public health and safety, and the environment against dangerous and sub-standard products.