Product Testing Data

…lar Home System Results expired Apr 2020 Azuri Technologies, Ltd 15W Quad 600 Results expired and product is no longer in production Jan 2019 Azuri Technologies, Ltd Indigo Duo Solar Home System Results expired Aug 2018 Barefoot Power Connect 600 Results expired May 2018 Barefoot Power Connect 3050 Results expired May 2018 Barefoot Power Connect Systems Results expired May 2018 Barefoot Power Firefly 12 Mobile Results expired. Replaced by Firefly…

Reuters | Solar keeps lights, phones on for rural Kenyans during pandemic blackouts

…for a fee,” she said, adding that they pay 20 to 50 Kenyan shillings ($0.19-0.46). “There is no money out there. I do not know what I could be using to buy kerosene if I had not installed this solar unit.” With extreme weather and the economic impact of COVID-19 plunging many Kenyans into darkness, alternative energy sources are increasingly important – even for families connected to the grid, said Pamela Mukami Njeru, a community health volunteer…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…all SDGs. Yet, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global estimates that over 700 million people worldwide lack access to electricity while a further 789 million people do not have reliable access to electricity. Lighting Global works to bring sustainable and affordable electricity to homes using off-grid renewable energy. Since the establishment of Lighting Africa in 2009, the precursor to Lighting Global, the number of households without electricity…

PRESS RELEASE | 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report

…d Solar Forum and Expo where President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed more than 1200 participants today. The full report will be available in March, 2020. READ THE REPORT ####### About the Market Trends Report The Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report is a biennial flagship report, published by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program in cooperation with GOGLA and support from the Energy Sector Management Assistant Program (ESMAP). The Report…

The Case for Quality Products

…Product Database. This updated tool makes it easy to compare products side-by-side . Reduce the risk of products being delayed at the port of entry due to challenges demonstrating compliance with national standards. Certified products receive a verification letter that can be used to help demonstrate compliance with IEC TS 62257-9-8 and facilitate importation into certain countries. To learn more about quality-verification services for solar ener…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…em capable of delivering a Tier 1 level of service can cost as little as $100, with the costs borne by the end-user over time through pay-as-you-go consumer financing. As a ‘plug & play’ product, it can be quickly distributed and installed by the customer. Grid connections delivering Tier 3-5 access, in contrast, cost governments anywhere from $370 to $1500 or more per connection, take years to complete, and require professional installation. Rece…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…ith power ratings less than or equal to 350 Watts is released. IEC/TS 62257-9-8:2020 is the second IEC document for renewable energy products to be released in Chinese language (with IEC/TS 62257-9-5:2018 being the first in October 2019). “The publication of Chinese editions of the international standards will play a positive role in further promoting the use of IEC off-grid quality standards in China and align manufacturers with the regulatory re…

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

…expensive but low-quality, unsafe lighting alternatives. Today, close to 600 million people in Africa are without access to electricity. This number represents 60 percent of the world’s 789 million people who do not have any access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 530 million people will still be without electricity access in 2030 if grid extension programs progress at their current pace. In Nigeria, the Rural E…

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…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…story was originally published on the World Bank Energy website.   Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still don’t have access to grid electricity, and hundreds of millions more live with unreliable connections, plagued by frequent black-outs. The majority of these off-grid households are in rural areas, and depend on agricultural activities – for sustenance, or income, or both. With so many unable to power or afford appliances, a full…