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

In the News: In Kenya, A Solar Program Puts “Last-Mile” Consumers First

After a taxing 25-kilometer journey to the nearest retailer of solar products, Onyong’e found the Azuri solar home system that now powers her home and charges her mobile phone. Azuri is one of the many products that have been tested and approved by Lighting Global, the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of … Read More

Quality Assurance Update: Revised Standards

Please see this message in Chinese below. We have revised the standards for pico-solar products and for solar home system (SHS) kits to ensure that they continue to serve as the global benchmark for product quality. We extended the scope to include products up to 350 Wp, strengthened the standards to address reported instances of … Read More

PAYG Insight Series: Sales Agent Network Management

This article is the first in a series that explores select operational issues faced by off-grid solar PAYG companies. Given the nascent stage of the sector, the goal of this series is to highlight critical issues and encourage companies and other actors to continue to identify and surface best practices for how to deal with … Read More

Quality Assurance Update: Management Transition

IFC first started working with industry to develop the Lighting Global Quality Assurance Program in 2008. Since then, IFC has managed the program’s operations—in partnership with technical advisor Humboldt State University / Schatz Energy Research Center, test laboratories, and industry stakeholders—to bring assurance to buyers and investors in off-grid solar technology. Lighting Global has worked … Read More