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

…hting Africa, and Lighting Asia, this industry has boldly staked its claim to helping the world’s poorest have clean lighting and enjoy basic energy services by adopting solar products. For instance in Kenya, Lighting Africa has played a key role in developing an off-grid energy market that is second globally only to India. The country has gone a step further by recognizing solar-home-kit providers as essential services providers during the COVID-…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…en product testing is complete. Research Requests This fee covers requests for research and documentation based on data collected by VeraSol. This includes, but is not limited to, research and documentation of a product’s testing history to be included in the Type Approval/Verification Letter for the product. Accelerated Verification Method (AVM) Accelerated Verification Testing is an optional alternative pathway for quality certification that is…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…ncy financing for on-lending to end-users, and the lack of working capital to buy stock. However, governments may struggle with attribution of impact and financing facilities may have low visibility, if concerted efforts are not made to measure and communicate impact. Demand side subsidies, which reduce end-user prices,are needed to reach the poorest customers or most remote areas that cannot be reached through more commercial approaches. Whilst l…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…ly appeared on the International Electrotechnical Commission Blog   Access to affordable and reliable energy is a basic need. Not only is it one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) established by the United Nations in its framework for building a better world by 2030, but also a vital tool for achieving all SDGs. Yet, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global estimates that over 700 million people worldwide lack access to electricity while…

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

…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 photovoltaic (PV) unit she purchased in January means she no longer need…

Path to Profitability

…lity through economies-of-scale holds true in some business models, it may not for others, and can very well undermine the performance of the entire organization. In response to this growing concern, Lighting Global presents a different kind of approach to address the 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 se…

Fragile and Conflict States

…amework recommending accelerated progress toward the vision of safe access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services for all displaced people by 2030; Evaluating energy conditions in refugee camps to explore opportunities that exist or might be possible for the pico-solar and solar home kit solutions. Refugee camps are substantial, yet mostly untapped markets that, if activated, could benefit both the refugees and the host c…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…d has led to a 7% decrease in poverty in Africa. PULSE appliances can also help to cushion against shocks resulting from climate change and market-price fluctuations. Given the scope of the opportunity these products bring, a rapidly growing market amongst farmers eager to reap the benefits is already emerging across sub-Saharan Africa – even as many products are still in the pilot stage. A new report from the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global pr…

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

…neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Its mission is to help its members build sustainable markets, delivering quality, affordable products and services to as many households, businesses and communities as possible across the developing world. The products and solutions that GOGLA members sell transform lives. They improve health and education, create jobs and income opportunities and help consumers save money. To find out mo…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…ainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which SDG7 calls for universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030. The World Bank estimates that nearly 840 million people around the world still lack access to electricity, and 1 billion additional people are living without reliable electricity. Most of the populations who lack electricity live in rural regions of Asia and Africa, with others residing in areas where the grid…