Product Testing Data

An assortment of products tested by Lighting Global ©Kellie Jo Brown/Lighting Africa/2012. Lighting Global Quality Assurance, now VeraSol , uses the results from testing according to the Quality Test Method (QTM) to determine whether a pico-solar product or solar home system kit meets the Lighting Global Quality Standards . Below are statistics of historical testing performed under the Lighting Global program and a list of products previously sup…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

Base Fees Products undergoing a Market Entry Test are charged the Market Entry Test Base Fee. Products undergoing a renewal or retest are charged the Renewal/Re-Test Base Fee. These base fees are charged per agreement, meaning that an agreement in which multiple products are included is charged a single base fee. Note: VeraSol will waive the $300 market entry base fee for new customers submitting their first product for certification Sampling (pe…

Blog | Lighting Nigeria:Tackling Energy Poverty Despite Covid-19

By Allwell Nwankwo Program Manager, Lighting Africa/Nigeria The program has deployed integrated consumer education campaigns that have reached over 70 million people Access to energy – or the lack of it – significantly impacts an individual’s ability to live above the poverty line. Basic needs such as food, housing, shelter, education, and finance are all adversely impacted by energy poverty and its limitations on a community. Energy poverty make…

2020 H1 SALES REPORT | COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales

COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales, Slowing Energy Access but Investors Remain Positive about Industry Performance By Koen Peters, Executive Director and Silvia Francioso, Database Specialist for GOGLA This post originally appeared on the GOGLA blog During the COVID-19 crisis, the off-grid solar (OGS) industry demonstrated its importance in providing essential energy access for millions of households and businesses in developing countries. Like a…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

By Natalie Mouyal, 26 June 2020 This story originally appeared on the International Electrotechnical Commission Blog   Access to affordable and reliable energy is a basic need. Not only is it one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) established by the United Nations in its framework for building a better world by 2030, but also a vital tool for achieving all SDGs. Yet, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global estimates that over 700 millio…

Path to Profitability

PATH TO PROFITABILITY Path to Profitability (P2P) is a unique framework and methodology designed by IFC’s Lighting Global for off-grid solar firms operating in emerging markets. This new framework offers a different approach to examine and critique unit-level economics as the core building block of the business. P2P allows off-grid solar firms to evaluate and benchmark pricing, margins, and cost structures that support a firm’s pathway toward pro…

Fragile and Conflict States

Local entrepreneurs sell Lighting Global Quality Verified products in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lighting Global work in Fragile and Conflict States The World Bank Group has had a long history of supporting disaster and crisis response, including supporting internally displaced populations and governments that host large refugee communities. Today’s humanitarian emergencies are very different from past crises: displaced populations are growing, budgets…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

By Charlie Miller, Lighting Global consultant As energy access has risen up the agenda, so has the off-grid solar sector. More and more governments are exploring how public funding can be deployed to achieve energy access through off-grid solar solutions. Countries across Africa and Asia such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya and Rwanda have launched ambitious, integrated electrification plans targeting universal access by 2030 or before, using a com…

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo)

PAYGo business models jointly address the challenges of energy access and financial inclusion for the more than one billion people — mainly rural and low income — who remain off-grid. PAYGo companies enable rural, low income populations to access modern clean energy solutions. Our analytical tools and client services help build investor confidence in this innovative business model. The impact of PAYGo solar companies is undeniable. In less than …