Stakeholders in solar industry to meet amid reports of alarming fake

14Mar 2018
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Stakeholders in solar industry to meet amid reports of alarming fake
  • Stakeholders in solar industry to meet amid reports of alarming fake solar products in the market

THE International Finance Corporation in collaboration with the Tanzania Bureau of Standards will next week host the country’s solar manufacturers, importers as well as distributors and retailers to discuss adherence to set solar standards.

The one day meeting to be held in Dar es Salaam will also discuss the thorny issue of existence of substandard solar equipment in the market and how well to deal with the problem.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam, the TBS Director General, Prof Egid Mubofu, said the seminar will also highlight the implementation of solar products compulsory standards as stipulated in the national standards.

The World Bank (WB) through its Lighting Global Project recently announced it had supported TBS with new solar products testing equipment.

The ultra-modern testing machines were installed mid last year at the TBS laboratories in Dar es Salaam and are aimed at testing all solar products before they are released to the market.

Some of the newly installed testing equipment include the integrating sphere which tests the light of a solar lamp, Cardex Battery Analyser which test battery capacity and IvCurve Tester for solar panels.

Experts have warned of existence of substandard solar products in the country and asked users to have them tested at TBS offices before they are purchased.

They have called on the public to purchase electronic appliances and especially solar power gadgets in certified and legally recognised outlets only.

According to Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA) many people in the country have fallen victims of substandard solar batteries as it is hard for them to distinguish between the genuine and fake ones.

The organisation says, most solar batteries sold in the country do not meet international standards and that is why suppliers of such products are reluctant to seek for certification from TBS.