ECOWAS Adopts New Regional Quality Standard for Solar Energy Kits

On March 30th, the Industry Ministers of the Economic Community West African States (ECOWAS) approved a new regional quality standard for solar energy kits up to 350 watts.

The new standard is aligned with the International Electrotechnical Commission standard IEC TS 62257-9-8, which is a requirement for solar energy kits to be VeraSol certified. This development is expected to improve the quality of solar energy products and increase access to energy in all 15 ECOWAS member states.

The adoption of this regional standard will also eliminate technical barriers to trade, create stronger quality assurance frameworks, and facilitate a more coherent incentive structure.