Quality Assurance Update: June 2018

Reflections from the GOGLA Member Conference A few members of the QA team attended GOGLA’s annual member conference in Amsterdam in late May. We had a number of good discussions with industry representatives and others—both inside and outside the conference sessions—and would like to share with you a few observations. In the Technology Working Group … Read More

International Electrotechnical Commission Test Methods Now Cover Plug-and-Play Solar Home System Kits up to 350 Watts

Last week, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) expanded the scope of its technical specification for pico-solar products (up to 10 Watts) to also include plug-and-play solar home system (SHS) kits (up to 350 Watts). National governments, development agencies, and other institutions can now refer to a single document for test methods suitable for evaluating solar … Read More

Quality Assurance Update: May 2018

Results of the Quality Assurance Survey We recently conducted a survey of companies with Lighting Global Quality Verified products to learn why they submit products for testing and what aspects of the program they find most valuable. We received responses from nearly half of the companies we contacted (29 of 60). Thank you! We were … Read More

Lighting Asia/Bangladesh wins bronze at Flame Awards for Consumer Education Campaign

Lighting Asia/Bangladesh’s consumer education and outreach campaign, “Surjobati”, claimed bronze in the “Social Development & CSR Campaign of the Year” category at the Flame Awards 2018, “the most prestigious award program that celebrates the best of the best in rural marketing and communication.” The “Surjobati” (Solar Light) campaign was targeted at the rural off-grid population … Read More

Off-Grid Solar Market Returns to Robust Growth, According to Latest Sector Report

Washington DC, USA, April 27, 2018— The off-grid solar sector has returned to robust growth, reversing a brief dip in sales that was mostly due to localized shocks, according to a new report released by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA). The latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market … Read More

Economist Intelligence Unit blog on off-grid energy sector, featuring interview with Lighting Global Program Co-Manager, Dana Rysankova

Describing the off-grid sector as “a force that could fundamentally reshape energy provision in some of the world’s least well-connected places—and create vast business opportunities in the process,” in the view of participants at the recent Off-Grid Solar Forum in Hong Kong, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Michael Gold has posted a new blog post about … Read More

Lighting Global to Submit Quality Standards to IEC this Month

Lighting Global is preparing to submit quality standards for pico-solar products and for plug-and-play solar home system kits to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) by May 1, 2018. This will make it easier for national governments to adopt standards that are fully harmonized. This, in turn, will benefit the sector by minimizing the amount of customization required, reduce … Read More

Angaza Awarded the 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Angaza’s innovative approach to increasing access to solar energy was globally recognized as the organization was awarded the 2018 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Awards recognize transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world. Angaza provides a pay-as-you-go … Read More