The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…ational Electronics Commission (IEC) quality standards for stand-alone renewable energy products with power ratings less than or equal to 350 Watts is released. IEC/TS 62257-9-8:2020 is the second IEC document for renewable energy products to be released in Chinese language (with IEC/TS 62257-9-5:2018 being the first in October 2019). “The publication of Chinese editions of the international standards will play a positive role in further promoting…

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IFC Launches South-to-South Solar Power Project to Light Up Papua New Guinea

…@ifc.org Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, May 27, 2014—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today launched Lighting Papua New Guinea, a project to help half a million people get safe and affordable solar off-grid lighting that will boost business, allow children to study, cut household costs, and help women stay safe on the streets. With IFC’s help, solar manufacturers mainly from other emerging markets will be able to enter the PNG market and br…

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Today, there are about 789 million* people worldwide living without access to electricity – down from 1.2 billion in 2010. Despite this significant progress, under current and planned policies, an estimated 620 million people will remain without access in 2030, 85 percent of them in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of those living without modern energy services rely on kerosene, candles, battery torches, or other fossil fuel-powered technologies…

The Future of Lighting Global

IFC winds down Lighting Global Support to focus on mobilizing investment for Off-Grid Solar sector, World Bank expands program with ESMAP A Letter from Russell Sturm & Dana Rysankova Colleagues, For more than a decade, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program has been at the forefront of the drive to expand access to modern solar energy services for people living without reliable grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, IFC and the World…

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…

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

…originally appeared on the Thomson Reuters Foundation site. When Lucyline Wanja Silas installed a 12-volt solar power unit at her home to help her children study at night, little did she know it would become essential to her and her neighbours in Gakunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanja, a 48-year-old farm worker, said she had not made any money since the country’s lockdown started in March, but the solar photovoltai…

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

…ng to pay attention to the solar market in rural corners of the developing world. Over the past few months, a number of high profile investors have backed startups selling solar panels to off-grid customers across regions like Africa, India, and East Asia. Meanwhile, big solar companies have created divisions focusing on rural customers in the same areas. That this market is now starting to mature shows how solar is increasingly affordable to peop…

Greenlight Partners with Angaza to Launch PAYG Consumer Platform

…ed a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) platform, the Sun King™ Eco Easy Buy, to enable low-income customers purchase its solar lamps in instalments over a period of 10 weeks. Greenlight Planet is using a mobile payments platform developed by Angaza Design to enable customers who cannot purchase solar lights upfront, pay a modest deposit of $2.75 towards the purchase price, and thereafter pay one dollar every week for a period of 10 weeks in order to fully own…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…so has the off-grid solar sector. More and more governments are exploring how public funding can be deployed to achieve energy access through off-grid solar solutions. Countries across Africa and Asia such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya 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-c…