Announcing Improvements to Lighting Global Quality Assurance Co-Branding Procedures

…ften branded and marketed by multiple companies through a process called co-branding. As the marketplace for off-grid solar products becomes increasingly saturated and competitive, more companies are co-branding their products with Lighting Global. The Lighting Global program does not require full independent testing of co-branded products if the original product meets the Lighting Global Quality Standards. Companies may submit a co-branded produc…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…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 (per event, could vary by location) Samples required for testing are selected by a party appointed by CLASP following the procedure laid out in the Product Sampling Policy. The cost per sampling event is $450. Therefore, if multiple sampling events are scheduled to take plac…

A letter from Russell Sturm: The Hidden Face of Energy Poverty

…ds of Lighting Global, Before IFC launched the Lighting Africa program in 2008, the World Bank Group had worked for at least 15 years alongside providers of solar home systems to help the more than one billion people lacking access to modern energy. The effort was met with limited success. But it led to Lighting Africa. Inspired by a convergence of rapidly improving and increasingly affordable solar and storage technologies—and a revolution in eff…

“You Can See the Future from Here” The World Bank Solar Village

…products, we were able to offer an interactive experience to the roughly 500 World Bank energy professionals from around the globe that came together for our semi-annual “Energy and Extractives Week” learning event. ©ESMAP/ Jonathan Davidar Visitors who remembered our installation from 2017, were struck – as we continuously are – by the rapid leaps in off-grid technology. As return visitor, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director of Energy & Extractives…

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QA | 2019 Year in Review

…e demand for our services remains strong. In 2019 alone, we signed nearly 100 agreements with suppliers and issued approximately the same number of verification letters. We improved the design of the program, released several new resources, and expanded into new product areas. As we turn our attention to 2020, we would like to reflect on some major trends and accomplishments of the last year, many of which would not be possible without valuable in…

Japanese Battery Maker Ventures into Off-Grid Solar Lighting Products

…e product also has several mobile charging ports and comes with a set of mobile phone charging cables to enable users to power their mobile devices.       The AKARi provides two LED lights that, when used at high power, can provide very bright light (a combined 800 lumens) for nearly four hours after a single day of solar charging. Each light may be dimmed or turned on and off separately, allowing users to adjust the brightness of the lights to me…

IFC, World Bank Lighting Programs Improve Energy Access for 47m

…g an expanded quality assurance framework that now includes larger (up to 100 watt)plug and play kits. Pioneered in the World Bank Group’s Lighting Africa program, the Lighting Global Quality Standards,have been widely accepted by the industry and adopted by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) as the global standard. Lighting Africa is currently active in more than 10 countries,where more than 35million people have now benefited fr…

Origin Energy, IFC Launch Pay-As-You-Go Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced the launch of a pilot Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) project with Origin Energy PNG Ltd, to support renewable energy use in off-grid communities in Papua New Guinea, helping make clean distributed energy affordable and accessible. Supported by the Pacific Partnership, an initiative of IFC and the Australian Government, the project was introduced to the Australian Prime Minister, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull at…