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

REPORT | Papua New Guinea is leader in Off-Grid Solar Lighting

A new report by IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, says Papua New Guinea has achieved dramatic growth in the use of off-grid solar products with 60 percent of households now using solar lighting, compared to just two percent seven years ago. The report, Going the Distance: Off-Grid Lighting Market Dynamics in Papua … Read More

QA | Institutions Use the QA Framework to Determine Program Eligibility and Incentive Levels

Organizations around the world are leveraging the Lighting Global Quality Assurance framework to ensure their procurement and incentive programs deliver results.  By requiring that products meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards, program administrators can: Have confidence that the products they promote function as advertised, and  Invest in overall market health by encouraging the entry and uptake … Read More