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…

The Future of Lighting Global

…ogether demonstrating that we have met our objective to create a self-sustaining market.   The Future of Lighting Global Within this ecosystem, IFC will now wind down its market development support activities under Lighting Global this June, as planned. The World Bank, under the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), will continue supporting our Lighting Global activities, as we evolve to the next stage, with increased emphasis on sc…

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…

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…

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…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…r array of products, including those driven by distributors, such as pay-as-you-go (PAYG) financing for solar home systems (SHS). Today, over 25.5 million people across sub-Saharan Africa meet their basic electricity needs through quality-verified off-grid solar sources. Without dedicated market building efforts, it is extremely unlikely so many would have gained access, given financial realities. The future of PULSE These market-building efforts…

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

…her home to help her children study at night, little did she know it would become essential to her and her neighbours in Gakunga 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 h…

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…

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

…lowdown is not unexpected given the supply chain disruptions, national lock-downs and income losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the knock to the off-grid solar (OGS) sector is a concern. Nearly 800 million people are still living in energy poverty and off-grid solutions are critical for achieving universal energy access. Sales Impact The impact of COVID-19 on sales varied across companies and regional markets. The effect of stri…

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…