The Rise of Solar Market: Evolution of Off-Grid Lighting in Three Kenyan Towns

For the past six years researchers affiliated with Lighting Africa have been visiting Kericho, Brooke, and Talek in Kenya to observe trends in the off-grid lighting market. Starting in 2009, the initial market survey provided a baseline for the types of off-grid lighting products that were available in an urban, a peri-urban, and an off-grid … Read More

A Growing and Evolving Market for Off-grid Lighting (Kenya)

This report is a snapshot of an African off-grid lighting market in transition. It builds on a baseline report completed three years prior in 2009 and shows market trends with respect to technology, sales volumes, and retail outlet characteristics. The continued monitoring of the retail and wholesale market offers insight on the progress of high-quality … Read More

Household Lighting Fuel Costs in Kenya

This Market Intelligence Note presents empirical data from the 2005/06 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey on the expenditure for lighting fuels and the adoption of solar home systems among Kenyan households. A key finding is that median expenditure on kerosene by Kenyan households that used this fuel for lighting was 2% of total income.

Illuminating the Pecking Order in Off-Grid Lighting

The Lumina Project and Lighting Africa conducted a full-scale field test involving a switch from kerosene to solar-LED lighting for commercial broiler chicken production at an off-grid farm in Kenya. The test achieved lower operating costs, produced substantially more light, improved the working environment, and had no adverse effect on yields. A strategy using conventional … Read More

LED Flashlights in the Kenyan Market

A Roadblock to widespread adoption of efficient lighting is being formed by quality problems with LED flashlights; quality issues in the flashlight segment are spoiling the market in general. In field research with LED flashlight users in Kenya, almost 90% reported problems and dissatisfaction (Tracy, Jacobson, & Mills, 2009). In this report we document our … Read More