Job Opportunity: Communications Lead for Lighting Global

Job Title: Communications Lead for Lighting Global (IFC). Short-term consultant (150 days/ FY) Department: IFC Energy and Water (Cross-Industry Advisory Solutions) Location of Role: Washington, DC Start Date: March 2018 Background on IFC  IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. … Read More

As New Report Estimates the Off-Grid Solar Market has Provided Improved Energy Access to 360 Million People Globally, Sector Leaders Gather in Hong Kong to Chart the Future of the Industry

Hong Kong/Utrecht/Washington DC Monday, 22 January 2018—Today marks the start of the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo, a three-day event held biennially where 600+ key industry stakeholders are gathering to take stock of progress and discuss future trends in the off-grid solar sector. Organized by GOGLA and the IFC-World Bank Lighting Global program, and … Read More

Latest Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report Reveals USD 922 Million Has Been Raised Since 2012, While an Estimated 130 million Products Have Been Sold to Date, Reaching 360 Million People with Life-Changing Technology

Washington DC, USA, January 22, 2018–A new report released today by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program, Dalberg Advisors and GOGLA finds that the global off-grid solar industry has taken a leap in the past year to help developing countries reach their energy access goals. Dalberg estimates that, to date, the off-grid solar sector … Read More

Quality Assurance Update: Protecting Consumers Through Standards

Despite many recent successes in advancing national markets for quality-assured off-grid solar products, low-quality products continue to flood markets around the world. In response, many more governments are turning to mandatory quality standards to help keep poor-quality products out of their markets. Lighting Global’s efforts to support national standards development and enforcement are thus more … Read More

New Technical Note on USB Smartphone and Battery Charging

Designing a USB port to charge the many cell phones, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices commonly in use today is a difficult technical challenge. If not properly configured, a USB port may not charge some devices – or it may charge them very slowly – leaving the consumer with a poor solution to their energy … Read More

In the News: By Plugging in Africa, Mobisol Connects a Continent to Change

Jacinta Auma used to stock kerosene lamps, flashlights, and candles to light her home in rural Kenya, but that changed when solar panels were installed on her roof. Now that her home is powered by Mobisol—a pay-as-you-go solar energy service company delivering renewable energy solutions to off-grid communities in East Africa—she doesn’t have to travel … Read More

Job Opportunity: Program Manager, IFC Lighting Myanmar

We are recruiting a Program Manager for the IFC Lighting Myanmar program. This is a leadership position within IFC’s global network of solar off-grid market development programs. More information can be found here. The deadline to apply is November 10, 2017.

Latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report Reveals a Buoyant Market Despite a Dip in Sales

More than 30 million off-grid solar products sold and over $5 billion saved by consumers in energy-related spending since 2010 USA/Netherlands, October 23, 2017 – Today, Lighting Global, the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the off-grid solar market, and GOGLA, the industry association representing the off-grid solar sector, launched the latest … Read More