Fragile and Conflict States

Local entrepreneurs sell Lighting Global Quality Verified products in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lighting Global work in Fragile and Conflict States The World Bank Group has had a long history of supporting disaster and crisis response, including supporting internally displaced populations and governments that host large refugee communities. Today’s humanitarian emergencies are very different from past crises: displaced populations are growing, budgets…

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

…19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales, Slowing Energy Access but Investors Remain Positive about Industry Performance By Koen Peters, Executive Director and Silvia Francioso, Database Specialist for GOGLA This post originally appeared on the GOGLA blog During the COVID-19 crisis, the off-grid solar (OGS) industry demonstrated its importance in providing essential energy access for millions of households and businesses in developing countries. Like almost al…

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

…eached over 70 million people Access to energy – or the lack of it – significantly impacts an individual’s ability to live above the poverty line. Basic needs such as food, housing, shelter, education, and finance are all adversely impacted by energy poverty and its limitations on a community. Energy poverty makes people rely on expensive, hazardous, and polluting sources of lighting such as candles, kerosene lanterns, and dry cell battery torches…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

in innovation and lower cost base, manufacturers in China can play a significant role in accelerating the growth of off-grid renewable energy products and in achieving SD7 goals of providing energy access. To that end, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global initiative, Shenzhen Technology University, the Shenzhen Academy of Metrology & Quality Inspection (SMQ), and VeraSol have established a collaboration aimed at supporting manufacturers in China…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…re By Jennifer Lynch, Lighting Global Communications Lead This 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…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…et entry base fee for new customers submitting their first product for certification Sampling (per event, could vary by location) Samples required for testing are selected by a party appointed by CLASP following the procedure laid out in the Product Sampling Policy. The cost per sampling event is $450. Therefore, if multiple sampling events are scheduled to take place under one agreement, each sampling event is charged accordingly. Additional samp…

BLOG | How a New Set of Metrics Is Poised to Transform PAYGo Solar

…& Max Mattern Just as mobile phones leapfrogged landlines to bring connectivity to even the most remote corners of the globe, pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar has been hailed as a breakthrough solution — bringing clean, reliable electricity to an estimated 280 million people while expanding access to financial services. This innovative approach to off-grid electrification is helping low-income customers around the globe to save money, earn more income…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…solar represents the fastest and most cost-effective way to reach a significant proportion of the population. In many countries, off-grid solar is playing a vital role in providing a basic level of service. For example in Ethiopia, 25% of those with access – around 12 million people – are connected through off-grid solar. These solutions provide backup for unreliable grid connections and access to those unlikely to be served by the grid any time…

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

…anized by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Project Team, Shenzhen Municipal Administration of Market Supervision and Shenzhen Technology University was held. The event was part of the “Shenzhen Quality Month” series of activities. Russell Sturm, Global Head of Energy Access at World Bank Group’s IFC and “Father of Lighting Global”, Li Zhong, Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Director of the Shenzhen Municipal Administration o…

Path to Profitability

PATH TO PROFITABILITY Path to Profitability (P2P) is a unique framework and methodology designed by IFC’s Lighting Global for off-grid solar firms operating in emerging markets. This new framework offers a different approach to examine and critique unit-level economics as the core building block of the business. P2P allows off-grid solar firms to evaluate and benchmark pricing, margins, and cost structures that support a firm’s pathway toward pro…