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…

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

…eria, Senegal, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Currently, households in Africa not connected to the electric grid can spend as much as 20% of their total incomes on kerosene, which is highly damaging to health and polluting. Globally kerosene use has been estimated to emit up to 200 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is the equivalent of emissions from approximately 60 large U.S. coal plants. “Too many families are forced to breathe in tox…

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…

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-…

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…

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…

Niwa – Next Energy Products Releases Family of Modular Solar Systems

…to add new lights, batteries and solar modules as desired over time. Office 200 X2The Office 200 X2 system is designed to provide bright light and mobile phone charging for an office or small commercial business. Four 50 lumen light points are included in the system. After a single day of solar charging, all of the lights can be run on the highest setting for over 4 hours. Each set of two lights can be dimmed or turned off separately to optimize e…

Call for comments on draft Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

…st Methods and/or revised Quality Standards, provide comments through this online form. To enable you to prepare responses in advance of filling out the online form, the questions are listed in this document, however, all comments must be submitted through the online form.   Comments must be received by Friday, September 25th in order for them to be considered for inclusion in our submission to the IEC. Please note that it will take time for the d…