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…

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…

Greenlight Partners with Angaza to Launch PAYG Consumer Platform

…lanet has launched a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) platform, the Sun King™ Eco Easy Buy, to enable low-income customers purchase its solar lamps in instalments over a period of 10 weeks. Greenlight Planet is using a mobile payments platform developed by Angaza Design to enable customers who cannot purchase solar lights upfront, pay a modest deposit of $2.75 towards the purchase price, and thereafter pay one dollar every week for a period of 10 weeks in ord…

Call for Comments on Integration of Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

…mework. The framework covers plug-and-play kits that range in power between 10 W – 100 W. The Standards are assessed according to the Lighting Global Solar Home System Kit Quality Assurance Protocols. Pico-solar products continue to be assessed according the Quality Standards for Pico-products using the methods outlined in IEC 62257-9-5. Stakeholder feedback has been extremely valuable in the development of the test methods and standards for SHS k…

Fragile and Conflict States

…es targeting the most vulnerable segments of the refugee population in Lebanon, In Afghanistan, home to one of the lowest rates of electricity usage in the world, our team in Kabul supports business development support to the first PAYGo operator entering the local market. Additionally, we promote quality verified solar products through several trade events and consumer awareness campaigns, working toward a sustainable market for high-quality off-…

Bloomberg Philanthropies Invests $5m In Little Sun To Increase Access To Clean Lighting In Africa

…keting solar lanterns as sustainable lighting alternatives for communities not connected to national electricity grids. To provide the greatest number of people with access to the benefits of solar-powered lighting, the Little Sun lamp is designed and priced for affordability at the lowest end of the market, the bottom of the pyramid. “Over the next 20 years, Africa is poised to hold the world’s largest un-electrified population,” said Felix Hallw…

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

…e emergence of cheap batteries. Will this type of solar product become the norm in rural off-grid areas? The innovators One of the rapidly growing startups tackling this market is M-Kopa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The company was founded nearly five years ago by Jesse Moore and Nick Hughes, who was one of the original creators of mobile payment system M-Pesa. If you haven’t heard of it, M-Pesa is one of the world’s most successful mobile payment se…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…es are needed to ensure people know who is eligible for support and who is not, so that such schemes do not negatively affect consumer behaviour. Lighting Global recommends that governments first put in place an enabling environment, through building consumer awareness, developing quality standards, and producing market intelligence to monitor trends. A mix of supply side mechanisms can then be deployed to help companies extend their reach. Once t…

An Emerging Market for Off-Grid Solar’s Newest Frontier: PULSE

…By increasing agricultural productivity, PULSE products stimulate socio-economic development. UNEP estimates that, for every 10% increase in farm yield, there has been an estimated 7% reduction in poverty in Africa and more than 5% in Asia. The Market for PULSE The potential sub-Saharan African market for PULSE is large and growing, with irrigation applications most ready to scale. Our report estimates the total current “addressable” market in sub…

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…