REOI | Toolkit for Gender Equality in the Off-Grid Solar Sector

Together with ESMAP, Lighting Global has advertised a Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for work on a Toolkit for Gender Equality in the Off-Grid Solar Sector. To view and apply to the REOI, please login into the WBG eConsultant2 system at: and access the selection details page. The deadline for submitting an EOI … Read More

OPINION | Solar and battery storage: A clean solution to a dirty problem

Revolution is possible in the next few years to develop products and business models that can replace privately operated back-up generators at scale By Philippe Le Houérou CEO of International Finance Corporation (IFC) You can hear—and smell—them everywhere you go in the world’s poorest countries. Diesel-burning back-up generators wail through neighborhoods at all hours, cough noxious … Read More

Webinar | Sustainable Energy for Powering Household and Community Lighting Needs in Humanitarian Settings

Which quality solar products are on the market for household use? How can humanitarian actors assess which lighting solutions for households and communities are needed? Presentations by Lighting Global and Oxfam will shed a light on these questions. In two case studies, Practical Action and Mercy Corps will share their experience from a community needs assessment in … 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

Report | Market Research on Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE)

An Emerging Market for Off-Grid Solar’s Newest Frontier: PULSE Ongoing innovation in technology and distribution models continues to be a hallmark of the off-grid solar sector. Having already led to hundreds of millions of people benefitting from off grid solar products ranging from lanterns to solar home systems (SHS), products are now developing along the sector’s … Read More

A letter from Russell Sturm: The Hidden Face of Energy Poverty

Dear Friends of Lighting Global, Before IFC launched the Lighting Africa program in 2008, the World Bank Group had worked for at least 15 years alongside  providers of solar home systems to help the more than one billion people lacking access to modern energy. The effort was met with limited success. But it led to … Read More

WEBINAR: State of the Off-Grid Appliance Market Connecting the Data on Market Trends, Jobs, and SDG 7

  Join us to discuss the emerging market for off-grid solar’s newest frontier: PULSE 24 September 2019 – 9:00 EDT | 15:00 CEST | 16:00 EAT REGISTER NOW Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE) applications can provide livelihoods for off-grid households and micro-enterprises across the agricultural, industrial, commercial, and public sectors with a whole range of applications … Read More

The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

We’re pleased to share The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge, a brand new global challenge equipping university students to tackle problems of poverty. We’re thrilled to feature some of your insights in the Energy Sector Brief. The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge is a global challenge platform for university students to come together … Read More

QA | New Pricing for Quality Verification Services

Lighting Global Quality Assurance will introduce new pricing for quality verification services, effective October 16, 2019. Our goal for the new pricing structure is to increase fairness for companies and better reflect the wide variety of products submitted for quality verification, putting the program on a more sustainable trajectory. Demand for quality-verified products and related … Read More

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

As energy access has risen up the agenda, so has the off-grid solar sector. More and more governments are exploring how public funding can be deployed to achieve energy access through off-grid solar solutions. Countries across Africa and Asia such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya and Rwanda have launched ambitious, integrated electrification plans targeting universal access by … Read More