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

…ergy access a front-burner issue. Lighting Africa studies indicate that low-income households in Africa spend up to $17 billion annually on expensive but low-quality, unsafe lighting alternatives. Today, close to 600 million people in Africa are without access to electricity. This number represents 60 percent of the world’s 789 million people who do not have any access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 530 million…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…der, and is proven to be effective at incentivizing companies to enter hard-to-serve geographical areas. However, it can be relatively expensive, and has limited impact if companies remain working capital constrained. Credit Guarantees can enable companies to access finance from local or international investors, but this kind of support often has low visibility, making it difficult for governments to take credit for their role in the companies’ ac…

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

…id solar ecosystem, driving expansion, creating local jobs and reaching low-income customers. Support for enterprises working throughout the sector, with the right type of capital, is crucial. Energy Access Impact Perhaps most concerning, though, is the effect of a slowdown in growth on energy access and other development impacts. Naturally, with less products sold, fewer families are accessing clean, safe electricity and more households are left…

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

…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 four Kenyans – mostly in rural areas – do not have access to electricity. Those who do face high costs and frequent blackouts due to an unreliable supply. As cases of th…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

in rural areas, and depend on agricultural activities – for sustenance, or income, or both. With so many unable to power or afford appliances, a full 65% of land in Sub-Saharan Africa is tilled, ploughed, and weeded manually, resulting in globally low farm yields – while over a quarter of the adult population in the region suffers from food insecurity. Electrical appliances, such as irrigation systems and refrigeration, could increase food product…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

ines the fee. Eligibility is based on a strong history of success in maintaining compliance with the Quality Standards. This fee covers: Sampling for follow up AVM testing ($500). This fee assumes random sampling from the manufacturer warehouse is used for AVM-follow up testing and that shipping to the lab is paid by the manufacturer. If market sampling for AVM-follow up testing is required, additional fees will be charged for procurement and ship…

PRESS RELEASE | 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report

Global Off-Grid Solar Industry Grows into a $1.75 billion Annual Market, New Report Shows NAIROBI, Feb. 18, 2020 – The off-grid solar industry has grown into a $1.75 billion annual market, providing lighting and other energy services to 420 million users and remains on a solid growth curve, a new World Bank Group and GOGLA report shows. The 2020 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report finds that the industry has made tremendous strides in the past de…

Fragile and Conflict States

…ng, there is no need for retesting to verify quality, durability, and truth-in-advertising. Moreover, procurement of Lighting Global quality-verified products reduces risk for aid agencies, as they have the confidence that they are investing in high-quality, durable equipment. Reduced market distortion: With relief aid attempting to transition toward development, it is imperative to take into consideration how interventions impact markets and how…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…ndards became an official IEC Technical Specification known as IEC TS 62257-9-8. IEC TS 62257-9-8 sets the baseline requirements for the quality, durability and advertising accuracy for stand-alone renewable energy products with the aim of protecting consumers. The evaluation of these requirements is based on the test methods defined in IEC TS 62257-9-5. Both of these publications are part of the IEC 62257 series which focus on rural electrificati…

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