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…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

the Renewal/Re-Test Base Fee. These base fees are charged per agreement, meaning that an agreement in which multiple products are included is charged a single base fee. Note: VeraSol will waive the $300 market entry base fee for new customers submitting their first product for certification Sampling (per event, could vary by location) Samples required for testing are selected by a party appointed by CLASP following the procedure laid out in the Pr…

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

…appliance types also saw decreases. The market also saw a drop in equity financing and the continued concentration of funds into a small number of players. Yet despite this, total investor commitments in the first part of the year remained strong; with leading financiers reporting positive support for the sector’s impact and potential. The slowdown is not unexpected given the supply chain disruptions, national lock-downs and income losses resulti…

Path to Profitability

…methodology designed by IFC’s Lighting Global for off-grid solar firms operating in emerging markets. This new framework offers a different approach to examine and critique unit-level economics as the core building block of the business. P2P allows off-grid solar firms to evaluate and benchmark pricing, margins, and cost structures that support a firm’s pathway toward profitability. Designed with early-stage, middle and scaling firms in mind, this…

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

…ng to buy kerosene if I had not installed this solar unit.” With extreme weather and the economic impact of COVID-19 plunging many Kenyans into darkness, alternative energy sources are increasingly important – even for families connected to the grid, said Pamela Mukami Njeru, a community health volunteer in the central Mt. Kenya region. One in four Kenyans – mostly in rural areas – do not have access to electricity. Those who do face high costs an

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…olds to power multiple LED lights, fans, television sets and small refrigerators. Innovative business models, such as pay-as-you-go financing, are increasing their market share and accounted for 24 percent of unit sales in the first half of 2019. Achieving the SDGs SDG 7 calls for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Efforts by Lighting Global, together with its partners, have already enabled over 50 milli…

Fragile and Conflict States

without electricity, or serve as a backup in case of power outages or generators that fail or have or run out of fuel. Lighting Global works to raise awareness among relief organizations and governments on the importance of sustainable, portable, and reliable energy access in situations of crisis. Today, many off-grid energy kits are capable of providing not only lighting, but also mobile phone charging, both essential for protection, education, e…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

off-grid quality standards in China and align manufacturers with the regulatory requirements in a growing number of countries in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia,” said Itotia Njagi, head of IFC’s Lighting Global program. “These standards will help Chinese manufacturers produce products that meet international standards and by extension accelerate the growth of off-grid markets that are yearning for energy solutions that meet their unique needs,” he s…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…results. Off-grid solutions in contrast, delivered by the private sector rather than by state-run utilities, can be less visible. Off-grid solar is proving capable of meeting demand at lower cost in rural areas, and of reaching large numbers of people in relatively short timeframes, which is helping to build its credibility. Innovative projects like IDCOL in Bangladesh are creating opportunities for governments to showcase and celebrate off-grid…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…ion and reduce post-harvest losses – but without electricity and adequate financing options these solutions remain out of reach. Diesel-powered applications are used by some mid-sized and larger off-grid farms, but these appliances are typically not sized for small-scale farmers, and have other drawbacks including high pollution levels and high recurring costs. Fortunately, a new slate of agricultural appliances suitable for small-holder farmers a…