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Greenlight Partners with Angaza to Launch PAYG Consumer Platform

New customers purchase their Pay-As-You-Go Eco Easy Buy kits © Angaza DesignGreenlight Planet 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…

Path to Profitability

…ment and implementation of plan towards achieving profitability. P2P is an adaptable framework that evaluates how hidden costs and inefficiencies in sales-channel management ultimately impact commercial returns. KEY STAGES OF THE P2P FRAMEWORK P2P is a unique framework and methodology to bottom-up analysis for operational mapping and related financial considerations. The core of this work centers on carving out the retail / branch level unit as th…

Call for comments on draft Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

…Test Methods were developed by a team of researchers from Lighting Global QA and Fraunhofer ISE with funding from the World Bank and Global LEAP. We are interested in your feedback on both documents. The engagement process: Review the draft Test Methods and/or revised Quality Standards Note, these are two separate documents. Additionally, we have just released a short guide to the draft SHS Kit Test Methods which describes the differences between…

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

…expanded Lighting Asia/India in three states — Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Rajasthan. Launched in 2012, the program accelerates access to clean and affordable energy by promoting modern off-grid lighting products, home systems, and mini-grid connections. It brings together private sector partners to address critical barriers to market growth by providing market intelligence, fostering business-to-business connections, strengthening distribution, an…

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

…more than 20 counties lost electricity for about 10 hours. Bernard Ngugi, managing director of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, told reporters in June that the blackouts were the result of work being done by the company to replace damaged power lines or to upgrade the network to connect new customers. SLOW START Wanja had hoped to be one of them. She applied for an electricity connection in 2016, but local officials said her application was t…

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

…year. Moore and Hughes’ idea was to use a mobile payment system like M-Pesa as the backbone for offering credit to people who didn’t have bank accounts or full-time jobs. They decided to use it to create a pay-as-you-go financing system for solar panels, efficient lights and other appliances that piggy backed on the existing payment system, wireless networks and software. Customers pay for the solar system, which costs about $200, with a small up…

VIDEO | PAYGo Path To Profitability Training (Webinar Recording)

…st COVID. Path to Profitability is a training toolkit that enables senior management at PAYGO companies to analyze the unit economics underlying their business models and determine whether they are on a credible path toward profitability. Originally designed as an intensive in-person exercise, this year, IFC has developed an online module, “The P2P Capsule,” which provides a virtual introduction and immediate insight for examining profitability dr…

VACANCY | Communications Consultant (China)

…6, Lighting Global began working in China with the intention of increasing awareness of Lighting Global Quality Verification and methodology and benefits of testing. Our work in China provides opportunities for quality producers of off-grid energy products to increase sales through market intelligence, business support, networking, and strategic guidance.   General Description of the Role Lighting Global II is offering a short-term consultancy (ST…

Call for Comments on Integration of Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

In 2015, Lighting Global and the regional Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia, and Lighting Pacific programs officially extended support to larger (10W to 100W) solar home system (SHS) kits in response to consumer and industry demands. The Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits describe the requirements products must meet if tested under our SHS kit testing framework. The framework covers plug-and-play kits that range in power between 10 W – 100…