By Azania Post Reporter
STAKEHOLDERS in the trade-related sector would convene in Dar es Salaam later this month to discuss the development of the industry.
Among those who will be present, including importers, manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of solar products.
The single-day seminar has been organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in collaboration with Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) will be held on March 21, 2018.
TBS Director General, Prof Egid Mubofu, said in Dar es Salaam today that the seminar will highlight on the implementation of solar products compulsory standards as stipulated in the national standards TZS1951:2017 and TZS 1952 - 9- 5:2017 of which stakeholders will be able to implement effectively.
Already, the World Bank (WB) through its Lighting Global Project has supported the standard watchdog with new solar products testing equipment.
The ultra-modern testing machine was installed mid last year at the laboratory of TBS offices in Dar es Salaam. The new equipment has now enabled them to test all solar products.
In the past, before installation of the equipment they tested only a few products, but now they can test all products ranging from solar panels and batteries.
Some of the newly installed testing equipment are integrating sphere, which tests the light of a solar lamp, Cardex Battery Analyser which test battery capacity and IvCurve Tester for solar panels.
The equipment tests all solar products imported in the country and produces reliable results which also recognized by some world’s laboratories.
However, experts say a big percentage of solar products imported in Tanzania are substandard, hence they urge traders to go bureau’s laboratory for testing before they are distributed to the market
They said most of the solar batteries, which have failed to meet the required test, do not have a long life and cost people a lot of money unnecessarily.
Calling on the public to purchase electronic appliances and especially solar power gadgets only in certified and legally recognized outlets.
According to Tanzania Renewable Energy Association (TAREA), many people in the country have been the victims of substandard solar batteries as it is hard for them to distinguish fake ones from original ones.
The organization 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.