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

…battery torches. It exposes consumers to dangerous fumes that cause respiratory tract infections and other negative health impacts. It also hinders the ability of medical personnel to deliver quality health services in rural areas. Often, critical surgical and childbirth procedures have to be carried out using mobile phone torchlight or, worse, kerosene lanterns. Spending on reoccurring fuel costs for these types of lighting also leaves a huge ho…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…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. Recent Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) surveys suggest off-grid solutio…

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…

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-…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…requirements for the quality, durability and advertising accuracy for stand-alone renewable energy products with the aim of protecting consumers. The evaluation of these requirements is based on the test methods defined in IEC TS 62257-9-5. Both of these publications are part of the IEC 62257 series which focus on rural electrification. According to Chris Carlsen from Verasol, the newly launched quality-assurance program, IEC 62257-9-8 and IEC 622…

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

…oney since the country’s lockdown started in March, but the solar photovoltaic (PV) unit she purchased in January means she no longer needs to buy kerosene for lamplight. And she can also help others in her area who are without electricity, either because of faults on power lines around the country due to heavy rains since March or because they could not pay their bills after losing their jobs during the pandemic. “My neighbours who are experienci…

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

…stry 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 all industries, however, the OGS sector has also been badly hit by COVID-19. The first half o…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…ider array of products, including those driven by distributors, such as pay-as-you-go (PAYG) financing for solar home systems (SHS). Today, over 25.5 million people across sub-Saharan Africa meet their basic electricity needs through quality-verified off-grid solar sources. Without dedicated market building efforts, it is extremely unlikely so many would have gained access, given financial realities. The future of PULSE These market-building effor…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…a battery, per unique additional component with a battery, and per non-plug-and-play product. Partial retests of a product shall be exempt from the following additional fees: per Pico product, per SHS kit, and per new or revised product family. A partial retest is a test undertaken to address a specific testing failure to allow a product to qualify for Lighting Global support. Retesting required due to changes not made in response to a testing fai…