Origin Energy, IFC Launch Pay-As-You-Go Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, announced the launch of a pilot Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) project with Origin Energy PNG Ltd, to support renewable energy use in off-grid communities in Papua New Guinea, helping make clean distributed energy affordable and accessible. Supported by the Pacific Partnership, an initiative of IFC and the Australian Government, … Read More

Power for All: A Policy Roadmap for Clean, Rapid Rural Electricity Access

One year ago, Power for All released a report that concluded that ending energy poverty by 2030 could only be achieved for the 1 billion rural poor by accelerating investment in decentralized renewable energy (DRE) solutions such as mini-grids and rooftop solar. In a new report, titled “Decentralized Renewables: From Promise to Progress”, released at the recent SEforALL … Read More

New In-Depth Report on State and Future of Off-Grid Solar in Africa

Lights, Power, Action: Electrifying Africa is a follow-up to the Africa Progress Panel’s annual flagship report Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities, published in June 2015. The 2015 report explored the links between energy, climate and development in Africa. It documented the risks that would come with a business-as-usual approach and highlighted the … Read More

In the News: Off-Grid Power Key to Bridging Africa’s Energy Gap

IFC Lighting Global was referenced as being at the forefront of building the global off-grid solar market in an article that highlights the latest findings of the Africa Progress Panel—led by Kofi Annan—on why off-grid solar is necessary to quickly and sustainably electrify Africa. Click here to learn more. Source: Financial Times’ This is Africa … Read More

Lighting Global’s Russell Sturm Interviewed by China’s Global TV News on Leapfrogging to Off-Grid Energy Access

Russell Sturm, Global Head of Energy Access at IFC, was recently interviewed by China’s Global TV News about the game-changing role of off-grid solar products and solar technology in providing affordable, clean, safe, and modern energy to millions — leapfrogging traditional, grid-connected electricity models in Africa and beyond. Click here to learn more about Lighting … Read More

Eco Design Note Issue 7 on Product Repair and Manufacturer Best Practices

This new Eco Design Note continues a discussion about product repair, focusing on steps that manufacturers can take to enable and encourage the repair of their products. The Note identifies three elements that can assist in repair efforts. These include designing a product for repair, making replacement parts available to local repair shops, and publishing … Read More

Lighting Asia/India Launches Partnerships to Boost Quality Solar Lighting Products in Rural India

Dharma Life, an initiative of Gajam India Private Limited that works with manufacturers, state-level distributors and local retailers to build a sustainable value chain to make affordable social-impact products available to their network of rural entrepreneurs, has signed an agreement with the Lighting Asia/India Program. The partnership will focus on boosting distribution of quality-assured lighting products … Read More

IFC’s Lighting Afghanistan Program Launches Successfully in Kabul

Omnivoltaic Energy Solutions, a Lighting Global Associate, is a manufacturer of quality verified solar lanterns and solar home systems. The company signed an agreement with Lighting Afghanistan for support in entering the Afghan market for distribution and financing of their products. In partnership with distributor ETC of Kabul, Omnivoltaic has successfully started distributing and financing … Read More