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…

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…

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…

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

…pacts of climate change, fuel price variations, and fluctuations in market prices for agricultural produce. Stimulate growth in the real economy: 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 fo…

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

…pacts of climate change, fuel price variations, and fluctuations in market prices for agricultural produce. Stimulate growth in the real economy: 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 fo…

New Study Finds Kerosene Subsidies an Obstacle to Energy Efficiency and Development

…ped $18 billion per year based only on the difference between local retail prices and true market prices, and is nearly $35 billion per year when externality costs from climate change damage and local air pollution are counted. Approximately 52% of the global kerosene supply receives direct subsidy, or 63% when externality costs are considered. The cooking end use receives $2B per year in direct kerosene subsidies, lighting receives $7.1B per year…

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…

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…