Off-Grid Solar Market Returns to Robust Growth, According to Latest Sector Report

Washington DC, USA, April 27, 2018— The off-grid solar sector has returned to robust growth, reversing a brief dip in sales that was mostly due to localized shocks, according to a new report released by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA). The latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market … 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

Lighting Global to Submit Quality Standards to IEC this Month

Lighting Global is preparing to submit quality standards for pico-solar products and for plug-and-play solar home system kits to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) by May 1, 2018. This will make it easier for national governments to adopt standards that are fully harmonized. This, in turn, will benefit the sector by minimizing the amount of customization required, reduce … Read More

Quality Assurance Update: Revised Standards

Please see this message in Chinese below. We have revised the standards for pico-solar products and for solar home system (SHS) kits to ensure that they continue to serve as the global benchmark for product quality. We extended the scope to include products up to 350 Wp, strengthened the standards to address reported instances of … Read More

New GOGLA-IFC Report: Over 4 Million Off-Grid Branded and Quality Verified Products Sold in Second Half of 2015, Positive Growth Continues

The off-grid solar market continues to grow rapidly, and during the second half of 2015, over 4 million off-grid branded and quality verified solar-powered devices were sold—totaling more than US$110 million in revenue. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia accounted for nearly 95% of sales. In Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda saw the strongest uptake … Read More

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

Will electricity in developing rural areas spread more like cell phones than land lines? These startups think so. After years of fits and starts, startups and big businesses are finally starting to pay attention to the solar market in rural corners of the developing world. Over the past few months, a number of high profile … Read More

New Report on Evolution of Off-Grid Lighting in Three Kenyan Towns

Lighting Global has just published a new market analysis report – The Rise of Solar Market: Evolution of Off-Grid Lighting in Three Kenyan Towns. This study provides evidence that can be used to evaluate the efficacy of programs like Lighting Africa and Lighting Global that seek to combat market spoilage and improve consumer access to … Read More