Mandatory solar standards in the offing to ensure safety, quality and performance

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.

The development of standard follows a public outcry of poor quality solar products flooding the market. According to the developed standards, Lumen maintenance must not fall below 90% of initial values after 2000 hours of operation and the battery capacity loss shall not exceed 25% during testing. Components, connectors, switches and accessories must be strong enough to meet various stresses and strains and operation cycles of at least 1000.

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