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

New Study Finds Kerosene Subsidies an Obstacle to Energy Efficiency and Development

In the latest issue of World Development, Evan Mills of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) publishes an in-depth article about kerosene subsidies impeding progress toward social and development goals. Used in more than 170 countries, kerosene is often an overlooked form of subsidized energy.  For many, it is the dominant fuel — more than 1B people worldwide … Read More

Article: How Off-Grid Solar Access Impacts Literacy

By Anna Wells, GOGLA Senior Communications Adviser Next month, the United Nations’ International Literacy Day will focus on ‘literacy in a digital world’. Without a doubt, digital technologies are changing the way people live, learn and work around the world. It’s more than likely that you’re reading this on a smart phone or laptop; technologies we rely … Read More

Lighting Asia/India Consumer Awareness Campaign Featured in SE4ALL Practitioner Network Newsletter

Recently, Lighting Asia/India’s SuryodayTM awareness campaign — aimed at educating potential consumers and helping them make smarter choices about solar products — was featured in the Energy Access Practitioner Network Newsletter of the United Nation’s SE4ALL initiative. Click here to learn more about the campaign and its impact. Similar campaigns in the future will target Rajasthan, Uttar … Read More

Registration Now Open for 2018 Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo in Hong Kong

GOGLA and Lighting Global are excited to announce that participant and exhibitor registration for the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo (22 – 24 January 2018, Hong Kong) is now open! Have a look at our event website for a sneak peek of the conference agenda which includes sessions on access to finance, business development, technology and policy, as well as the latest … Read More

In the News: Off-Grid Solar Market and Lighting Myanmar Featured in Local Publication

Recently, Lighting Myanmar was featured in Frontier, Myanmar’s most reputable English-language publication. Launched in June 2016, the IFC-led Lighting Myanmar project is a key component of the Government of Myanmar’s National Electrification Plan, which aims to achieve universal access to sustainable electricity services by 2030. To support this goal, the project will assist international and … Read More

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