Nominations for the 2015-16 Global LEAP Awards closes 15th January 2016

Nominations for the 2015-16 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Television and Off-Grid Fan competitions are now open, and close 15thJanuary 2016. The Global LEAP Awards are the best way to send signals to the off-grid market about appliance quality and energy efficiency. Winners and Finalists of the inaugural Global LEAP Awards have benefited from significant business … Read More

Apply for Lighting Global Testing of Your Solar Home System Kit

As we hope you have heard, Lighting Global and the regional programs (Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia and Lighting Pacific) are now extending support to “plug-and-play” direct current (DC) solar home system kits. As of today, we are now accepting new products for testing. Though we are actively working to expand testing capacity, for the first several months, … Read More

Quality Assurance Policy for PAYG Systems

Recognizing the need to clarify how the Lighting Global Quality Standards apply to pay-as-you-go (PAYG) systems, Lighting Global has published a Quality Assurance Policy for PAYG products. PAYG-enabled solar home systems and pico-solar products allow consumers to pay for a product in small increments over time, often through the use of mobile-money or local village … Read More

Lighting Global Extends Support to Solar Home System Kits

In light of the growing market demand, Lighting Global and the regional World Bank Group Lighting programs, Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia and Lighting Pacific, are now extending quality assurance testing and program support from pico-solar products to solar home system kits with power ranging up to 100 Watts. Since 2009, the programs have provided quality … Read More

New Report on Communication of Quality Assurance Information in the Kenya Market

Lighting Global has just published a new market analysis report: Quality Communication: Quality assurance in Kenya’s off-grid lighting market. This study provides an in-depth examination of the pico-solar supply chain in Kenya, from wholesale distributors and traders in Nairobi to micro-finance institutions, retailers, and school campaigns in urban, peri-urban, and rural markets. A variety of … Read More

Lighting Africa – Ethiopia launches Consumer Education Campaign targeting over 12 million Ethiopians

In Addis Ababa Name: Alasdair Miller Phone: +251 11 517 6073 E-mail: amiller5@ifc.org Lighting Africa – Ethiopia launches Consumer Education Campaign targeting over 12 million Ethiopians Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 22, 2015 – Lighting Africa – Ethiopia, a World Bank Group program aimed at accelerating the development of the market for off-grid solar lighting products … Read More

New Eco Design Note on LED Lights and Eye Safety

Lighting Global has published Eco Design Note Issue 5, "LED Lights and Eye Safety Part II: Blue light hazards". This Note is Part II in a series covering the photobiological eye safety of LED light sources. Topics include a discussion of the spectral color properties of LEDs in relation to other light sources, an update … Read More

Request for Expression of Interest to identify organizations to run an Off-Grid Energy Products Certification Body

Lighting Global and its sister programs, Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia, and Lighting Pacific, have jointly developed the leading international framework for product quality assurance for the global off-grid solar industry. The program, which currently provides quality assurance services for pico-solar systems and other similar off-grid lighting products and is working to expand coverage to solar … Read More

IFC, World Bank Lighting Programs Improve Energy Access for 47m

About 47.7 million people without access to the grid now benefit from modern energy services as a result of having purchased solar-powered lighting products supported by the Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia, Lighting Pacific and Lighting Global programs. Under the new Sustainable Energy for All Reporting Framework, this corresponds to more than 20 million people receiving … Read More