BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

By Jennifer Lynch, Lighting Global Communications Lead This story was originally published on the World Bank Energy website.   Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still don’t have access to grid electricity, and hundreds of millions more live with unreliable connections, plagued by frequent black-outs. The majority of these off-grid households are in rural … Read More

Lighting Global Quality Standards Published in Chinese

This week, Lighting Global signed a new agreement with the Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) and the Shenzhen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection (SMQ) to enhance the quality of solar lighting and energy products manufactured in China. This collaboration comes as part of a larger strategy to accelerate the market for solar off-grid products in … Read More

PRESS RELEASE | IFC Expands Energy Access Partnership With Italian Government

IFC EXPANDS ENERGY ACCESS PARTNERSHIP WITH ITALIAN GOVERNMENT Washington D.C., March 26, 2019 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, expanded its transformational ten-year partnership with the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea (IMELS). At IFC headquarters in Washington D.C. today, IMELS Director General for Sustainable Development and Environmental Damage, Francesco … Read More

Announcing Improvements to Lighting Global Quality Assurance Co-Branding Procedures

Single off-grid solar lighting products are often branded and marketed by multiple companies through a process called co-branding. As the marketplace for off-grid solar products becomes increasingly saturated and competitive, more companies are co-branding their products with Lighting Global. The Lighting Global program does not require full independent testing of co-branded products if the original product meets … Read More

New Resource: Meeting Lighting Global Quality Standards for Consumer-Facing Information Requirements

In an effort to increase compliance with the Lighting Global Quality Standards, the Quality Assurance team has just released a new guide to compliance for the consumer-facing information requirements of those standards. This easy-to-use document provides clear guidance for marketing and communications professionals who may have limited familiarity with the Lighting Global Program and the Quality Standards.   Currently, the Lighting Global Quality Standards include four kinds … Read More