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Sustainable growth in the off-grid energy access market can only be achieved by ensuring that quality products and services are not jeopardized by low quality and counterfeit products.

The technology working group aims to work on enhancing product quality assurance to support market development and increase the access of quality products in the marketplace. International testing procedures, standardization of performance definitions and elimination of counterfeiting practices are priority areas. Currently, the main focus is on working with the Lighting Global program on a future structure for quality assurance, as these are being transferred out of the Lighting Global program by mid-2017.

Future roles for the technology working group include promotion of research and innovation and protection of intellectual property rights as well as an extension of activities into larger Solar Home Systems and DC Appliances.

The GOGLA Coordinator for the technology working group is John Keane. 

*Please note that GOGLA members can find the 2016/2017 Technology workplan, along with meeting summaries (where available) via the working groups page in the the GOGLA member's section*

Events

27 Sep

Off-Grid Experts Workshop 2017

14 Nov

2nd Annual ASEAN Solar+ Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2017

21 Jan

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo

What's going on

Deadline Extended: Off-Grid Solar Market Data Collection for H1 2017

Registration is Now Open for the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo

New GOGLA-IFC report shows 3.77 million off-grid solar products were sold in the second half of 2016, despite difficult conditions in key markets

Working group leads

John Keane

Program Manager, Quality Assurance and Consumer Protection

Nigel Preston

Chair - Technology Working Group

Members

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Industry Opinions

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GOGLA Industry Opinion on Lifecycle and Recycling

GOGLA Industry Opinion Calling On Governments, Policy Makers and Other Key Decision Makers To Support Quality Products and Quality Assurance

GOGLA Industry Opinion On Intellectual Property Rights Protection

Resources

GOGLA Annual Report 2016/17

Reaching Scale in Access to Energy

Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report H2 2016 (Sales and Impact Data)

GOGLA Quality Assurance Guidance Paper - March 2017

IP Guidelines for GOGLA Members

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