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

…rowing consumer demand for appliances and back-up systems. “This report is another confirmation of the significant impact off-grid solar has already achieved, and the massive opportunity that remains going forward,” said Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA. “The Market Trends Report shares details on where we stand, and where we should be heading next.” The report summary of the biennial flagship report, which is published by the World Bank G…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…the International Electronics Commission (IEC) quality standards for stand-alone renewable energy products with 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 furthe…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…em capable of delivering a Tier 1 level of service can cost as little 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. Rece…

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

…owever, 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 stringent measures to combat the pandemic were particularly acute in Asia. Sales of off-grid solar lighting products in South Asia fell to 495,…

Product Testing Data

…lar Home System Results expired Apr 2020 Azuri Technologies, Ltd 15W Quad 600 Results expired and product is no longer in production Jan 2019 Azuri Technologies, Ltd Indigo Duo Solar Home System Results expired Aug 2018 Barefoot Power Connect 600 Results expired May 2018 Barefoot Power Connect 3050 Results expired May 2018 Barefoot Power Connect Systems Results expired May 2018 Barefoot Power Firefly 12 Mobile Results expired. Replaced by Firefly…

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

…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 people will still be without electricity access in 2030 if grid extension programs progress at their current pace. In Nigeria, the Rural E…

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…products. Over 42 million quality verified products have been sold since 2009. Since then, about 47 million metric tons of CO2e** have been avoided due to the use of quality verified products. Learn more about our impact. The strength of the Lighting Global program comes from a programmatic approach addressing specific needs across the supply chain. The program toolkit includes: Quality Assurance: In order to protect consumers from poor-quality p…

JOBS | Chinese Speaking Marketing & Business Development Intern

…earch and compilation of list of Chinese companies working in the photovoltaic industry relevant to Lighting Global. Assist the LG program in undertaking high level analysis from the data/insights gathered in China and presenting this in excel or power point presentations Reading and summarizing assigned impact evaluation articles, working papers or reports (in Mandarin and English); Attend seminars and other events and write dissemination notes;…

Path to Profitability

…challenge 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-…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…story was originally published on the World Bank Energy website.   Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still don’t have access to grid electricity, and hundreds of millions more live with unreliable connections, plagued by frequent black-outs. The majority of these off-grid households are 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…