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

…s cycle of poverty. It has been suggested that tackling energy poverty head-on will help move the needle on most of the 17 United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to SE4ALL, “from job creation to economic development, from security concerns to the full empowerment of women, energy lies at the heart of the [SDGs].” Energy access itself is listed as UN Sustainable Development Goal Number 7. It is, therefore, not surprising th…

IFC Launches South-to-South Solar Power Project to Light Up Papua New Guinea

…ods by studying or setting up small enterprises.” Today’s launch of the IFC-commissioned Lighting PNG Off-Grid Lighting Market Analysis on needs and opportunities in PNG’s off-grid lighting market shows the country is poised for strong growth in solar devices, which is being driven by widespread need, high prices of other available power sources such as kerosene, and often difficult-to-access power supplies. IFC will further support high-quality o…

The Future of Lighting Global

…stream investors to a capital hungry sector. The IFC-CGAP-GOGLA collaboration on PAYGO PERFORM will continue as the foundation underpinning this work. IFC’s programs have always had a finite life, and over the coming months, we will use the IFC program impact evaluation process to inform future programmatic engagements in the sector and enable climate smart economic development. Lighting Global industry collaborations will continue to be core to t…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…ing to pay full retail price for a Tier 1 solar home system, even with a 24-month financing plan. These findings have led to calls for an increase in public funding for the off-grid solar sector. A range of public funding mechanisms is available to governments seeking to accelerate the growth of the off-grid solar sector. These mechanisms – their advantages, disadvantages and preconditions for success – will be further explored in a working paper…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…ithout a battery, per unique additional component with a battery, and per non-plug-and-play product. Partial retests of a product shall be exempt from the following additional fees: per Pico product, per SHS kit, and per new or revised product family. A partial retest is a test undertaken to address a specific testing failure to allow a product to qualify for Lighting Global support. Retesting required due to changes not made in response to a test…

Lighting Asia/India’s Consumer Awareness Campaign wins 4 awards at the Flame Awards 2016!

…awards at the Flame Awards 2016 instituted by the Rural Marketing Association of India. These are the only awards constituted with focus on rural markets in the country (https://flameawards.com/). The awards won are: Gold for the “Best film of the year” – Suraj ki Gullak Gold for “Best Channel Development and Trade Activation of the year” Silver for the “Radio Campaign of the Year” – SuryodayTM Bronze for the “New on ground property of the year” S…

Award-Winning Consumer Awareness Campaign for Quality-Assured Solar Lighting in Rural India Enters Second Phase

…hrough a 360 degrees, integrated media approach using traditional as well non-traditional media.” The program has just rolled out the second of three phases of the consumer campaign in the same three states and is working to reach about 8,000 rural villages by June 2015. Consumer awareness and knowledge of new products is a critical tool used in market development tool to spur demand for quality-verified solar lighting products. Lighting Asia/Indi…

Product Testing Data

…20 Poly Solar Technologies (Beijing) Co., Ltd 10 W Solar Home System (PL-10-H-W) Results expired May 2020 Power Equation G1 Solar Lantern Results expired Nov 2019 Power Equation Solar Home Power Station with 3 Light Bulbs Results expired Jan 2020 Power Equation Solar Home Power Station with 3 Light Bulbs and Flashlight Results expired Jan 2020 Power Equation Solar Home Power Station with 3 Light Bulbs, Radio and Flashlight Results expired Jan 2020…

Lighting Asia/India Launches Partnerships to Boost Quality Solar Lighting Products in Rural India

…ddition, Frontier Markets, a rural marketing, sales, and service distribution company providing access to affordable and quality solar energy based lighting solutions to low-income households in Rajasthan, India, also signed an agreement with the Lighting Asia/India Program to build the capacity of Frontier Markets’ women entrepreneur network (Solar Sahelis) to boost distribution of quality-assured lighting products. The partnership also builds ca…