COVID-19 Resources

AS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC CREATES HEALTH AND ECONOMIC SHOCKS WORLDWIDE, GLOBAL AND REGIONAL MARKETS ARE EXPERIENCING ACUTE CHALLENGES. THE SOLAR OFF-GRID SECTOR AND THE RURAL USERS IT SERVES ARE NO EXCEPTION. BELOW YOU WILL FIND A COLLECTION OF RESOURCES TO PROVIDE POLICY MAKERS AND OFF-GRID SOLAR COMPANIES INSIGHT INTO HOW OTHER INDUSTRIES, DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS AND CONSULTING AGENCIES ARE ATTEMPTING TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19. OFF-GRID I…

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

…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 in the central Mt. Kenya region. One in fo…

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

…stry could derail efforts to achieve a clean energy transition that leaves no one behind. Companies must be safeguarded in the short-term to avoid operational and staff losses that cannot be regained easily. To power the COVID-19 recovery and avoid losing 10 years of energy access progress a concerted, ambitious and strategic long-term effort to protect and promote the sector is also needed. Off-grid solar remains the fastest, cleanest and most af…

Product Testing Data

…y Jan 2019 Shanghai Roy Solar Co., Ltd. Solar Lighting Kit Results expired Nov 2014 Sinoware Technology Co., Ltd. Solar Lamp Results expired Jan 2019 Sinoware Technology Co., Ltd. SunAce Status revoked due to a court judgement for an intellectual property violation Oct 2017 Skypower Home Skypower Solar Kit Radio 1-5W Results expired Feb 2019 Skypower Home Skypower Solar Kit Radio 2-10W Results expired Feb 2019 Smarter Grid International Smarter Ca…

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

…ntribute to environmental pollution and other hazards. There are, however, no known reliable estimates for the number of kerosene lanterns belching smoke into the atmosphere every night; nor the number of candles burnt every night in search of a flickering light. Unmistakably, the number of lanterns and candles pressed into duty every night will run into millions at a time that even upscale shopping malls conspicuously display candles and kerosene…

COVID-19 Energy Access Relief Fund Update

…ing, are encouraged to submit an expression of interest before Tuesday, 17 November, COB EST. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. If you have already submitted an EOI, your information is in review. To learn more, visit the SIMA Fund website or contact SIMA at earf@simafunds.com.   新冠肺炎疫情能源接入救济基金最新信息   SIMA 已被选为能源接入救济基金 (Energy Access Relief Fund, 简称 EARF) 的独家基金管理机构。SIMA 一直致力于与重要投资者合作,阐明基金的运作流程以及获取救济的资格标准。有意申请该基金的…

Barefoot Power Releases Fifth Solar Lighting Product

…can be used for task lighting or room lighting. With the release of the Go 250 , Barefoot Power now has a range of five products which meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards. The Go 250 is a bright light that also offers mobile phone charging. It has three brightness settings that allow the user to manage battery life. After a full day of charging in the sun, the product can run for over five hours on its “ultra-bright” setting, and eleven ho…

Path to Profitability

…ng launching, refining, or pivoting. P2P is also ideal for investors and donors looking to better understand and assess unit economic performance of prospective or current portfolio companies. BACKGROUND AND RESPONSE The off-grid solar industry has entered a new stage of development that requires substantial investment to progress to the next level. To access this working capital, firm-level profitability can play a critical role in ensuring house…

WEBINAR | Mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 on PAYGo Industry

…tigate the threat of COVID-19 in the Solar PAYGo Industry In periods of economic crisis, maintaining liquidity is the key to survival. Companies able to anticipate impacts on sales and revenues, and then take effective steps to manage cash, can ride through rough waters and sustain operations until a better day. GOGLA and IFC’s Lighting Global team, in cooperation with the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and CGAP, co-hosted a webinar ad…

Removing the blindfold: testing for COVID-19 in the absence of grid electricity

…zation, “all countries should be able to test all suspected cases. They cannot fight this pandemic blindfolded; they should know where the cases are.” Yet, given the vast scope of the disease his “simple message for all countries [to] test, test, test” is challenging under the best of circumstances. It is all the more difficult in settings where a source of energy remains elusive, such as in sub-Saharan Africa where only an estimated 28% of health…