IFC Launches South-to-South Solar Power Project to Light Up Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, May 27, 2014—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today launched Lighting Papua New Guinea, a project to help half a million people get safe and affordable solar off-grid lighting that will boost business, allow children to study, cut household costs, and help women stay safe on the streets. With IFC’s help, … Read More

Barefoot Power Releases Fifth Solar Lighting Product

Barefoot Power has released its fifth product, the Go 250, which is a portable solar lantern that can be used for task lighting or room lighting. With the release of the Go 250 , Barefoot Power now has a range of five products which meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards. The Go 250 is a … Read More

fosera’s new Solar TV Takes Home Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Award

fosera, a manufacturer of solar powered off-grid lighting products and appliances, has emerged winner in the inaugural Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards competition run by the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership, (Global LEAP). The competition sought to identify and promote the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid color televisions and LED room lighting appliances. fosera, which works … Read More

Quality Standards Updates

The Lighting Global Quality Assurance team has made some minor, clarifying updates to the Quality Standards.  The revised version of the Standards is available here and the updates are described below. 1. Updated the ingress protection (IP) requirements for PV modules to match the guidelines released in March.  All separate PV modules must meet IP4X … Read More

Second Round of the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Grant Challenge Opens

The US Government’s Power Africa initiative has funding for innovative African businesses and projects that are working towards increasing energy access among communities that are not connected to grid electricity. Power Africa, through the U.S. African Development Foundation, has opened the second round of its Off-Grid Energy Grant Challenge which will award a total of … Read More

Call for comments on IEC Technical Specification 62257-9-5 ed2.0

The Lighting Global quality assurance team will propose changes to the test methods described in IEC/TS 62257-9-5 ed2.0 during the upcoming IEC revision process. Our recommended changes are described in this memo. The quality assurance framework and test methods described in IEC/TS 62257-9-5 ed2.0 were originally developed under Lighting Africa and are now used by … Read More

Second Product From Niwa Meets Quality Standards

A second off-grid lighting product from Niwa – Next Energy Products Ltd , the Uno 50, has met the rigorous Lighting Global Quality Standards. The Uno 50 is a compact, durable, and portable lighting product with an inbuilt solar module. It comes with a stand that makes the product ideal as a task light e.g. for reading. The product’s … Read More

SolarAid Partners with University of Edinburgh on Managing Waste from Solar Lights

SolarAid and the University of Edinburgh announced a three year research partnership to look at waste, recycling and repair of solar lights in Africa, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council . The PhD research project will look at waste management and recycling processes and practices in similar markets and make recommendations for … Read More

Orb Energy Releases New Multi-Room Plug-and-Play System

Orb Energy has released a new product, the Solectric 30, which doubles the power and lamps of its first product, the Solectric 15. The Solectric 30 comes with four hanging/ceiling lamps that cumulatively provide up to 600 lumens (very bright) of light, which is enough light to light several rooms, for more than four hours. This solar … Read More