The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

SHENZHEN, CHINA – Today, the Chinese-language version of the International 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 … Read More

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Solar Run Helps Consumers Access Energy with PAYGo Enabled Solutions

By Mei Wan Lighting Global Communications Providing villages in rural DRC access to education and entertainment with solar-home-system-powered appliances. Photo © Solar Run Solar Run, a Chinese manufacturer, was among the first companies to sell PAYGo-enabled solar home systems, benefitting from increasingly matured integration and mobile payment technology in the sector.  “As a young brand, … Read More

COVID-19 Energy Access Relief Fund Update

Social Investment Management and Advisors (SIMA Funds) has been selected as the sole Fund Manager of the Energy Access Relief Fund (EARF). They are currently working with key investors to clarify the process and eligibility criteria. Companies that are interested in applying for funding, are encouraged to submit an expression of interest before Tuesday, 17 … Read More

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

COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales, Slowing Energy Access but Investors Remain Positive about Industry 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 … Read More

Lighting Global Introducing An Upgraded Site In Chinese Language

By Lighting Global Communications Over the past decade, Lighting Global has played  a central role in creating the quality-driven modern off-grid markets across Africa and Asia. Providing both market intelligence and technical assistance to the private sector, the program has cumulatively empowered more than 180 products that meet Lighting Global Quality Standards. We have helped … Read More

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Chinese Company Shenzhen LEMI Breaks Into New Markets

By Mei Wan Lighting Global Communications  Ethiopia – two young students studying under the light of Lemi off-grid solar home system. Photo credit: LEMI   In the Lighting Global  Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020, a key enabler in the projected growth of the off-grid solar market is the production and distribution of Chinese-made higher-quality, … Read More

Lighting Global Quality Standards Published in Chinese

This week, Lighting Global signed a new agreement with the Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) and the Shenzhen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection (SMQ) to enhance the quality of solar lighting and energy products manufactured in China. This collaboration comes as part of a larger strategy to accelerate the market for solar off-grid products in … Read More

JOBS | Chinese Speaking Marketing & Business Development Intern

Chinese Speaking Marketing & Business Development Intern Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market as a means of rapidly increasing energy access to the one billion people without grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank work with … Read More

Lighting Global’s Russell Sturm Interviewed by China’s Global TV News on Leapfrogging to Off-Grid Energy Access

Russell Sturm, Global Head of Energy Access at IFC, was recently interviewed by China’s Global TV News about the game-changing role of off-grid solar products and solar technology in providing affordable, clean, safe, and modern energy to millions — leapfrogging traditional, grid-connected electricity models in Africa and beyond. Click here to learn more about Lighting … Read More

China’s SMQ Lab Joins Lighting Global Quality Testing Network

China’s Shenzhen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection (SMQ) has joined the Lighting Global quality assurance laboratory network which upholds quality in the off-grid lighting market. SMQ becomes the 6th laboratory supporting the market development work of the IFC-World Bank energy access program, Lighting Global. Lighting Global’s quality assurance work is coordinated from the Schatz … Read More