The Connect White Paper

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The Connect White Paper

The Connect initiative is defining a universal connector and device-to-device firmware to enable 12V SHS Kit and appliance interoperability.

The Connect White Paper proposes a universal connector and device-to-device firmware guidelines for 12V SHS Kits and appliances. It explores the opportunities and challenges this will create for the Off-Grid Solar (OGS) market. We believe that greater standardisation and enhanced interoperability of OGS products can bring benefits to companies, consumers, and the environment. The Connect Initiative also entails risks and challenges that are highlighted for consideration. Download the paper.

GOGLA fully supports a diverse market and membership, one where Proprietary, Connect Affiliate and Open models exist side by side, and the vertically-integrated and specialist business models flourish. Earlier this year, we invited all industry stakeholders to review the White Paper and share their feedback and suggestions to inform the industry journey on interoperability.

Feedback was received from 11 different companies, including manufacturers, distributors, vertically-integrated companies and one network organization. The consultation feedback is listed in an anonymised format, with responses from GOGLA and the initiative partners shown in green. Download the consultation feedback.


Additional Resources:

Listen to our podcast episode | Watch the presentation here

Blog: Six things I learned about interoperability and the off-grid solar market by Tedd George


Many thanks to the Efficiency for Access Coalition which provided financial support via UKAID.