EVENT | Unlocking Solar Capital: PAYGO Financial Analysis & Reporting

An Industry Framework to Evaluate Performance of PAYGo Solar Businesses Solar home systems (SHS) and other solar powered appliances are made affordable through innovative pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) financing. PAYGo jointly addresses the challenges of energy access and financial inclusion for the more than one billion people — mainly rural and low income — who remain off-grid. … Read More

VIDEO: Why adopt PAYGO KPIs?

Solar home systems and other solar powered appliances are made affordable through innovative pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) financing. PAYGo jointly addresses the challenges of energy access and financial inclusion for the more than one billion people — mainly rural and low income — who remain off-grid. This nascent and dynamic industry is populated by young companies with evolving … Read More

300 Days of Sunshine Light Up Papua New Guinea’s Future

The Lighting Papua New Guinea program has brought solar energy to one-fifth of the country’s population.   KUPIANO, Papua New Guinea — Until recently, Angela Sinai’s four children couldn’t do their homework at night. When darkness fell on their village of Kupiano, a few hours down the coast from the capital of Port Moresby, the … Read More

VIDEO: Sunshine Lights Up Papua New Guinea’s Future

The international Finance Corporation’s  Lighting Papua New Guinea program is building markets for, and promoting the use of, modern, off-grid lighting products in rural Papua New Guinea. With 300 days of sunshine in many parts of the country, there is great potential to harness solar power for businesses and households.

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

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