BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…ttle as $100, with the costs borne by the end-user over time through pay-as-you-go consumer financing. As a ‘plug & play’ product, it can be quickly distributed and installed by the customer. Grid connections delivering Tier 3-5 access, in contrast, cost governments anywhere from $370 to $1500 or more per connection, take years to complete, and require professional installation. Recent Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) surveys suggest off-grid solutions…

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…

The Symposium on the Quality Assurance System and Testing Technology for Off-grid Solar Products Was Successfully Held

…for various enterprises and companies. For more information, please visit: www.smq.com.cn.   离网太阳能产品质量保证体系与检测技术研讨会顺利召开     中国,深圳 – 9月16日,正值中国质量大会召开之际,世界银行集团“点亮全球”项目组、深圳市市场监督管理局、深圳技术大学联合举办的“离网太阳能产品质量保证体系与检测技术研讨会”顺利召开。该活动是“深圳质量月”系列活动之一。世界银行集团国际金融公司能源普及首席官、“点亮全球之父” Russell Sturm,深圳市市场监督管理局党组书记、局长李忠,深圳技术大学校长阮双琛参与会议并发表致辞,深圳市计量质量检测研究院副院长陈泽勇主持会议。会议吸引了两万余名相关企业及社会团体代表线上参与。 总书记在致中国质量(杭州)大会的贺信中提到:“质量是人类生产生活的重要保障。中国愿同世界各国一道,加强质量国际合作,共同促进质量变革创新、推进质量基础设施互联互通,为推…

BLOG | Championing the Cause for Quality in Off-Grid Solar Products

…on that they need. The Lighting Global program operates an independent, non-commercial global quality assurance (QA henceforth) framework for modern off-grid energy and lighting products. It is the World Bank Group’s platform supporting sustainable growth of the international off-grid lighting market as a means of increasing energy access to people not connected to grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, IFC and the World Bank work with the Glo…

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Solar Run Helps Consumers Access Energy with PAYGo Enabled Solutions

…ding villages in rural DRC access to education and entertainment with solar-home-system-powered appliances. Photo © Solar Run Solar Run, a Chinese manufacturer, was among the first companies to sell PAYGo-enabled solar home systems, benefitting from increasingly matured integration and mobile payment technology in the sector. “As a young brand, we are determined to provide cost-effective product choices to end consumers. This approach allows consu…

Path to Profitability

…allenge facing off-grid solar businesses, for both retail models and Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo). This new effort includes plenary sessions to educate the off-grid solar sector, one-on-one consultations with off-grid firms interested to know more about the framework, in-depth workshops, and development and implementation of plan towards achieving profitability. P2P is an adaptable framework that evaluates how hidden costs and inefficiencies in sales-cha…

The Future of Lighting Global

…that will crowd in mainstream 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 c…

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

…akunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanja, a 48-year-old farm worker, said she had not made any money since the country’s lockdown started in March, but the solar photovoltaic (PV) unit she purchased in January means she no longer needs to buy kerosene for lamplight. And she can also help others in her area who are without electricity, either because of faults on power lines around the country due to heavy rains since M…

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

…he coming five years, as well as a blueprint for how actors in this market can compete in a swiftly evolving industry ecosystem. The fifth in a series of biennial flagship publications for the global off-grid solar sector, the report set the tone for Nairobi meeting by highlighting key industry trends, advances in technology, finance, policy, and social impacts. About Lighting Global Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s initiative to rapidly…

BLOG | How Lighting Asia/India empowers women through off-grid solar solutions (by Anjali Garg) – on IFC Medium

…riers to market growth by providing market intelligence, fostering business-to-business connections, strengthening distribution, and raising consumer awareness on quality-assured lighting products. Women and children are disproportionately affected by the toxic smoke from fuel-based lamps. Replacing them with solar products would reduce indoor pollution, help save money, and allow people to operate small enterprises with reliable, clean, and affor…