A letter from Russell Sturm: The Hidden Face of Energy Poverty

Dear Friends of Lighting Global, Before IFC launched the Lighting Africa program in 2008, the World Bank Group had worked for at least 15 years alongside  providers of solar home systems to help the more than one billion people lacking access to modern energy. The effort was met with limited success. But it led to … Read More

WEBINAR: State of the Off-Grid Appliance Market Connecting the Data on Market Trends, Jobs, and SDG 7

  Join us to discuss the emerging market for off-grid solar’s newest frontier: PULSE 24 September 2019 – 9:00 EDT | 15:00 CEST | 16:00 EAT REGISTER NOW Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE) applications can provide livelihoods for off-grid households and micro-enterprises across the agricultural, industrial, commercial, and public sectors with a whole range of applications … Read More

The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

We’re pleased to share The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge, a brand new global challenge equipping university students to tackle problems of poverty. We’re thrilled to feature some of your insights in the Energy Sector Brief. The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge is a global challenge platform for university students to come together … Read More

QA | New Pricing for Quality Verification Services

Lighting Global Quality Assurance will introduce new pricing for quality verification services, effective October 16, 2019. Our goal for the new pricing structure is to increase fairness for companies and better reflect the wide variety of products submitted for quality verification, putting the program on a more sustainable trajectory. Demand for quality-verified products and related … Read More

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

As energy access has risen up the agenda, so has the off-grid solar sector. More and more governments are exploring how public funding can be deployed to achieve energy access through off-grid solar solutions. Countries across Africa and Asia such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya and Rwanda have launched ambitious, integrated electrification plans targeting universal access by … Read More

REPORT | Papua New Guinea is leader in Off-Grid Solar Lighting

A new report by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, says Papua New Guinea has achieved dramatic growth in the use of off-grid solar products with 60 percent of households now using solar lighting, compared to just two percent seven years ago. The report, Going the Distance: Off-Grid Lighting Market Dynamics in Papua … Read More

QA | Institutions Use the QA Framework to Determine Program Eligibility and Incentive Levels

Organizations around the world are leveraging the Lighting Global Quality Assurance framework to ensure their procurement and incentive programs deliver results.  By requiring that products meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards, program administrators can: Have confidence that the products they promote function as advertised, and  Invest in overall market health by encouraging the entry and uptake … Read More

VACANCY | Communications Consultant (China)

Communications & Client Engagement Consultant Job Title: Short Term Consultant for Lighting Global (75 Days) Location: Shenzhen, China Department: Lighting Global, IFC Energy Access Advisory   Background  Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market as a means of rapidly increasing energy access to the … Read More

NEWS | First Indian-Made Solar Powered Torch Meets LG Quality Standards

JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN – Frontier Markets, a company with the mission to provide access to quality clean energy solutions in rural India, has launched a solar powered torch that meets the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Quality Standards. Frontier Market’s “Solar Rakshak Plus,” is the first made in India solar powered torch to meet these standards. “This … Read More

WEBINAR | July 10: PAYGo Key Performance Indicators

Please join us for a PAYGo webinar on “The Last Mile to KPIs 2.0” scheduled for July 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT 13:00 GMT | 15:00 CEST | 16:00 EAT The webinar will cover the progress-to-date made by the PAYGo PERFORM initiative – a partnership to develop a reporting framework and further refine the set of key performance indicators … Read More