Announcing the First-Ever Key Performance Indicator Framework for the Off Grid Solar Pay-As-You-Go Sector

Story Highlights: The Distributed Energy Service Company sector is growing rapidly, especially the segments that use a variation of the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) business model, which alone has provided more than 700,000 connections over the last six years in East Africa. PAYG business models are capital intensive and require significant amounts of working capital to scale. … Read More

Call for Comments: Proposal to Submit Quality Standards to the IEC

Since 2010, Lighting Global has maintained Quality Standards for off-grid solar products with modules smaller than approximately 10 peak watts (pico-solar products). These standards set a baseline level of quality, durability, and truth in advertising to protect consumers. We are now considering whether we should to submit these quality standards for adoption by the International … Read More

New GOGLA-IFC Report Shows 3.77 Million Off-Grid Solar Products Were Sold in the Second Half of 2016, Despite Difficult Conditions in Key Markets

Today, Lighting Global, the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market, and GOGLA, the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association, launched the latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report, which includes performance data from 55 companies and covers the period of July to December 2016. This latest publication builds on the previous two reports … Read More

Origin Energy, IFC Launch Pay-As-You-Go Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced the launch of a pilot Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) project with Origin Energy PNG Ltd, to support renewable energy use in off-grid communities in Papua New Guinea, helping make clean distributed energy affordable and accessible. Supported by the Pacific Partnership, an initiative of IFC and the Australian Government, … Read More

Power for All: A Policy Roadmap for Clean, Rapid Rural Electricity Access

One year ago, Power for All released a report that concluded that ending energy poverty by 2030 could only be achieved for the 1 billion rural poor by accelerating investment in decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions such as mini-grids and rooftop solar. In a new report, titled “Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress”, released at the recent SEforALL … Read More

New In-Depth Report on State and Future of Off-Grid Solar in Africa

Lights, Power, Action: Electrifying Africa is a follow-up to the Africa Progress Panel’s annual flagship report Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities, published in June 2015. The 2015 report explored the links between energy, climate and development in Africa. It documented the risks that would come with a business-as-usual approach and highlighted the … Read More

In the News: Off-Grid Power Key to Bridging Africa’s Energy Gap

IFC Lighting Global was referenced as being at the forefront of building the global off-grid solar market in an article that highlights the latest findings of the Africa Progress Panel—led by Kofi Annan—on why off-grid solar is necessary to quickly and sustainably electrify Africa. Click here to learn more. Source: Financial Times’ This is Africa … Read More