REPORT | Papua New Guinea is leader in Off-Grid Solar Lighting

…FC’s work on energy in Papua New Guinea is supported by the Australian and New Zealand governments under the Papua New Guinea Partnership. Under its national plan, Papua New Guinea plans to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. IFC’s work in Papua New Guinea is guided by the Papua New Guinea Partnership. Australia, New Zealand and IFC are working together through the Partnership to stimulate private sector investment and reduce pover…

300 Days of Sunshine Light Up Papua New Guinea’s Future

and households. The program, supported by the governments of Australia and New Zealand, has helped Sinai and about 1.6 million other people on this island nation light their homes and charge their cell phones using solar power—the first time this has been possible. It has provided solar energy to one-fifth of the country’s population, mainly in remote villages and rugged highlands, helping to boost small businesses and cut household costs. Boostin…

QA | New Pricing for Quality Verification Services

…CLASP signs with companies on or after October 16 will be governed by the new pricing. The new pricing is the result of long and careful deliberation. The QA team benefited from substantial stakeholder input throughout this process. We conducted an online survey and hosted two webinars in March to solicit feedback. We summarized this feedback in an email on March 26 and on the Lighting Global website, where you can also download the webinar slide…

QA | 2019 Year in Review

…ification letters. We improved the design of the program, released several new resources, and expanded into new product areas. As we turn our attention to 2020, we would like to reflect on some major trends and accomplishments of the last year, many of which would not be possible without valuable input and contributions from our partners. We thank you for your support and look forward to another exciting and productive new year! In 2019, we made i…

Papua New Guinea

…f-grid solar. The program is supported by the governments of Australia and New Zealand under the PNG Partnership, through which Australia, New Zealand and IFC are working together to stimulate private sector investment and reduce poverty in PNG. Quality Assurance Under the program, product testing and quality verification for manufacturing associates who were interested in joining the program. This quality assurance makes it easier for distributor…

VIDEO: Sunshine Lights Up Papua New Guinea’s Future

…The international Finance Corporation’s Lighting Papua New Guinea program is building markets for, and promoting the use of, modern, off-grid lighting products in rural Papua New Guinea. With 300 days of sunshine in many parts of the country, there is great potential to harness solar power for businesses and households. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAFXsYPLPQk&feature=youtu.be…

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Chinese Company Shenzhen LEMI Breaks Into New Markets

…ctor of LEMI. “There were 25 local media outlets at our events, making our new brand known as a new and credible player in Africa. Since then, we have imported and distributed our products in these two countries,” she added. Lighting Global supports associate companies to expand high quality solar products into nascent markets to protect new consumers who are unfamiliar with these products. Salman Zahir, with the Lighting Global program explains t…

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

…r grid is lacking, an entirely new strategy has had to be developed. These new solar products have relied on new types of financing, have ridden on the back of mobile technologies, and have depended on the emergence of cheap batteries. Will this type of solar product become the norm in rural off-grid areas? The innovators One of the rapidly growing startups tackling this market is M-Kopa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The company was founded nearly fiv…

Path to Profitability

…at cost to determine the price/margin needed for investment profitability. ONLINE CAPSULE The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for the PAYGo sector’s productivity and profitability. Originally designed as an intensive in-person exercise, IFC developed an online module. “The P2P Capsule,” which provides a virtual introduction and immediate insight for examining profitability drivers is a precursor to the full P2P Toolkit. The module ty…

Quality Standards now Updated

…rst finalize the updates to the Standards and Targets before releasing the new SSS format and policy. Updates to the SSS, the new SSS policy and responses to stakeholder comments are detailed in this memo. Additionally, we have released the new Lighting Global SSS Guidelines that reflects the updates to the policy and format. Key updates include a new 2-page format for all SSS and a policy change which requires any product included on the Lighting…