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

World’s Largest Solar Home System Program Adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

The World’s largest Solar Home System program, in Bangladesh, has adopted the Lighting Global Quality Standards for pico-PV products. This means importers, distributors and retailers of solar lighting products whose quality has been verified using the Lighting Global testing methods will not be subjected to additional tests once they land in Bangladesh. “Testing and verification … Read More

Call for comments on Accelerated Verification Method

Lighting Global is working on creatinga new, faster framework for product quality verification. This Accelerated Verification Method (AVM) will be an optional alternative quality verification pathway that is faster than the standard Quality Test Method (QTM) testing pathway. We expect the proposed AVM to cut the QA verification time from the status quo of about … Read More

2015 designated the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

The United Nations has designated 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies to raise awareness on light science and how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges such as energy, education, agriculture and health. The official launch of the year (IYL2015) takes place on  January 19-20, 2015 in … Read More