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

…2012, GOGLA now represents over 170 members as a 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 opportunit…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…product or its advertising. Upgrade Existing Certification to IEC TS 62257-9-8 Assessing a product or family that already meets the Lighting Global Quality Standards to determine if it also meets the requirements of IEC TS 62257-9-8 will require at a minimum some additional testing of any PV modules, review of additional documentation and review of the product packaging and user manual. Pricing for this service will be calculated as follows: the…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…ing Global consultant As energy access has risen up the agenda, 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 extensio…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…ith 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 the use of IEC off-grid quality standards in China and align manufacturers with the regulatory re…

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

…same amount that would spent on poor alternatives in just five months. The off-grid solar energy industry has, over the past 10 years, enabled access to these alternatives to low income households. Supported by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global, Lighting 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 instanc…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…ndards became an official IEC Technical Specification known as IEC TS 62257-9-8. IEC TS 62257-9-8 sets the baseline 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 electrificati…

The Future of Lighting Global

…C 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 Ban…

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

…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 of 2020 saw sales of off-grid solar lighting products fall to 3 million compared to 4.1 million in the first h…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…eliable connections, plagued by frequent black-outs. The majority of these off-grid households are in rural areas, and depend on agricultural activities – for sustenance, or income, or both. With so many unable to power or afford appliances, a full 65% of 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 insecurit…

Fragile and Conflict States

…standards, key procurement considerations, and a step-by-step guide to bulk-ordering. Users of bulk-procured off-grid energy kits generally do not have the option to select the devices purchased on their behalf. Aid organizations, therefore, have a responsibility to procure high quality products that meet the needs of their programs’ beneficiaries. By procuring products that meet Lighting Global Quality Standards, aid organizations can have confid…