CALL FOR COMMENTS | Feedback on proposed changes to the draft quality standards

Lighting Global Quality Assurance is seeking your feedback on proposed changes to the draft quality standards that are currently under review by the IEC. As discussed in prior outreach, we submitted a draft of IEC/TS 62257-13-1 last September for consideration by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This document is largely aligned with the Lighting Global … Read More

EVENT | PAYGo PERFORM Workshop in Amsterdam

Join the Lighting Global, GOGLA, and CGAP teams in Amsterdam for the upcoming  PAYGo PERFORM Workshop: The Last Mile to KPIs 2.0 this June. This session will provide updates on the PAYGo PERFORM initiative and detailed progress from our working groups. To see event details and reserve your spot, click here. WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, … Read More

PRESS RELEASE | IFC Expands Energy Access Partnership With Italian Government

IFC EXPANDS ENERGY ACCESS PARTNERSHIP WITH ITALIAN GOVERNMENT Washington D.C., March 26, 2019 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, expanded its transformational ten-year partnership with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea (IMELS). At IFC headquarters in Washington D.C. today, IMELS Director General for Sustainable Development and Environmental Damage, Francesco … Read More

REPORT | The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Energy Access

Worldwide, there is a growing importance to support the energy access needs of forcibly displaced persons. During humanitarian crises, energy access is often considered a lower priority when compared to the basic human needs of nutrition, health, education, etc. Further, empowering a marketplace for refugees strengthen self-determination and enables the development of economies and an … Read More

STUDY: The Impacts of Solar Lanterns on Rural Indian Households

A new study, undertaken by IFC’s Lighting Asia/India Program in partnership with d.light evaluates the impact of solar lanterns on households’ economic, health, and educational parameters in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar India. Read the report.

Announcing Improvements to Lighting Global Quality Assurance Co-Branding Procedures

Single off-grid solar lighting products are often branded and marketed by multiple companies through a process called co-branding. As the marketplace for off-grid solar products becomes increasingly saturated and competitive, more companies are co-branding their products with Lighting Global. The Lighting Global program does not require full independent testing of co-branded products if the original product meets … Read More

New Resource: Meeting Lighting Global Quality Standards for Consumer-Facing Information Requirements

In an effort to increase compliance with the Lighting Global Quality Standards, the Quality Assurance team has just released a new guide to compliance for the consumer-facing information requirements of those standards. This easy-to-use document provides clear guidance for marketing and communications professionals who may have limited familiarity with the Lighting Global Program and the Quality Standards.   Currently, the Lighting Global Quality Standards include four kinds … Read More

Lighting Asia launches PAYGO in Afghanistan

NEW SOLAR PLATFORM IN AFGHANISTAN PROMISES ELECTRIFICATION FOR RURAL AND OFFGRID COMMUNITIES     Lighting Afghanistan, an energy initiative of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), introduced the first Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) platform for solar home systems in Afghanistan in collaboration with The Afghan Wireless Communications Company (AWCC), GSMA, and d.Light. This off-grid energy platform promises to … Read More

Off-Grid Energy Has Key Role in Kenya’s New Electrification Strategy

Off-Grid energy’s tremendous impacts – and potential for more – have been recognized in the newly launched (December 2018) Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). KNES lays out a strategy for achieving universal electricity access for all Kenyans by 2022, which includes grid extension as well as off-grid solutions. The strategy, which was prepared with support … Read More

REPORT | Togo Market Assessment

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) commissioned a new study to assess off-grid energy market in Togo, focused on solar lanterns and solar home systems, providing public and private sector actors with an up-to-date overview of insights and trends. This market research comes on the heels of IFC support to the Togolese government’s National Electrification Strategy prioritizing private … Read More