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 | Lighting Nigeria:Tackling Energy Poverty Despite Covid-19

…nown reliable estimates for the number of kerosene lanterns belching smoke into the atmosphere every night; nor the number of candles burnt every night in search of a flickering light. Unmistakably, the number of lanterns and candles pressed into duty every night will run into millions at a time that even upscale shopping malls conspicuously display candles and kerosene lanterns among their ware. This energy situation in Nigeria both poses a chall…

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

…so saw a drop in equity financing and the continued concentration of funds into a small number of players. Yet despite this, total investor commitments in the first part of the year remained strong; with leading financiers reporting positive support for the sector’s impact and potential. The slowdown is not unexpected given the supply chain disruptions, national lock-downs and income losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the knock…

Path to Profitability

…supports increased profitability at various phases including launching, refining, or pivoting. P2P is also ideal for investors and donors looking to better understand and assess unit economic performance of prospective or current portfolio companies. BACKGROUND AND RESPONSE The off-grid solar industry has entered a new stage of development that requires substantial investment to progress to the next level. To access this working capital, firm-leve…

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

…extreme weather and the economic impact of COVID-19 plunging many Kenyans into darkness, alternative energy sources are increasingly important – even for families connected to the grid, said Pamela Mukami Njeru, a community health volunteer in the central Mt. Kenya region. One in four Kenyans – mostly in rural areas – do not have access to electricity. Those who do face high costs and frequent blackouts due to an unreliable supply. As cases of th…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…d quality-assurance program, IEC 62257-9-8 and IEC 62257-9-5 are the two main pillars to the Quality Assurance Framework. “IEC 62257-9-5 provides the detailed instructions for carrying out product sampling and testing while IEC 62257-9-8 specifies the minimum criteria that a quality product must meet,” he said. IEC 62257-9-8 is applicable to both pico-photovoltaic products, which include small, portable devices such as lanterns and flashlights, as…

Fragile and Conflict States

…’s humanitarian and emergency response system. Our support has included: Joining the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE), a consortium that brings together humanitarian agencies and energy experts to share knowledge and ideas; Drafting key off-grid solar suggestions for the Global Plan of Action (GPA) – a framework recommending accelerated progress toward the vision of safe access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services…

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

Global Off-Grid Solar Industry Grows into a $1.75 billion Annual Market, New Report Shows NAIROBI, Feb. 18, 2020 – The off-grid solar industry has grown into a $1.75 billion annual market, providing lighting and other energy services to 420 million users and remains on a solid growth curve, a new World Bank Group and GOGLA report shows. The 2020 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report finds that the industry has made tremendous strides in the past de…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…l has played a key role in contributing towards the growth of the industry into a $1.75 billion annual market, providing lighting and other energy services to more than 420 million users. The development of the Lighting Global Quality Assurance Framework and Quality Standards to both protect and inspire confidence in rural consumers in new technology and specific products has been a critical foundational element in this growth. In June 2020, the L…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…and trust the benefits this technology brings, while manufacturers can tap into existing distribution streams. Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) models are already being adapted and piloted for the more expensive PULSE appliances, while asset leasing, guarantor loan structures and specialist agricultural credit facilities are starting to expand access to financing for PULSE, even as on-going R&D efforts are seeking to bring costs down. Nonetheless, in order to