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

…eiving from its leading investors. Among 31 surveyed, 75% anticipate maintaining or increasing their level of investment into off-grid solar as they are “optimistic about the performance and potential of the OGS sector” and “remain bullish around the impact”. However, these positive signs belie some worrying factors. As in previous years, investment is largely concentrated in a few companies, an effect that has worsened in 2020. Between January –…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…e objective of the collaboration, which will in the future also include training and capacity building for manufacturers.   ###   About Lighting Global Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s initiative to rapidly increase access to off-grid solar energy for the 840 million people living without electricity worldwide. Lighting Global – managed by IFC and the World Bank – works with manufacturers, distributors, governments, and other development…

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

…-grid solar units have been sold worldwide and the sector saw $1.5 billion in investments since 2012. With 840 million people still lacking access to electricity, the growth of the off-grid solar industry is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7) for universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030. “The off-grid solar industry is instrumental for achieving universal electricity access,” said Ric…

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

…far enabled nearly six million people to have access to clean energy. Working with other stakeholders, it has catalyzed a robust ecosystem that includes manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and financial intermediaries to deliver hitherto unavailable services. To help consumers understand solar products and how to use them, the program has deployed integrated consumer education campaigns that have reached over 70 million people. It has worked…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…land in Sub-Saharan Africa is tilled, ploughed, and weeded manually, resulting in globally low farm yields – while over a quarter of the adult population in the region suffers from food insecurity. Electrical appliances, such as irrigation systems and refrigeration, could increase food production and reduce post-harvest losses – but without electricity and adequate financing options these solutions remain out of reach. Diesel-powered applications…

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…

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Chinese Company Shenzhen LEMI Breaks Into New Markets

…as able to tap into IFC’s resources and accelerate market growth while continuing solar technology innovation. New to African markets at the time, LEMI moved swiftly to leverage Lighting Global’s existing networks, build new connections, and seek business development opportunities in local markets to distribute their products. “With the help of Lighting Global’s decade-long impact in the market, LEMI was able to hold successful promotional events…

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

…ging renewable energy technologies and (their) dissemination, but also combining mini-grids with solar PV systems,” said Nzioka, adding that the government had removed import duty on solar products. Harriet Lamb, CEO of British climate charity Ashden, has called for investors, governments and philanthropic groups to create a $35-million fund to support community-based clean-energy businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, as customers struggle to p…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…ya and Rwanda have launched ambitious, integrated electrification plans targeting universal access by 2030 or before, using a combination of grid extension, mini-grids and off-grid solar. Geospatial mapping and least-cost planning tools have been used to determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to achieve universal access. For nearly all countries with an access deficit, off-grid solar represents the fastest and most cost-effective way…

Lighting Global Quality Standards Published in Chinese

…ion of quality solar products in Africa and Asia; and Develop technical training programs, testing centers and curricula to support companies, manufacturers, and engineering students in understanding and meeting quality standards in Shenzhen and throughout Southeast China. Russell Sturm, lead for energy access of the International Finance Corporation signed the agreement along with Ruan Shuangchen, President of SZTU during the signing ceremony in