In the News: In Kenya, A Solar Program Puts “Last-Mile” Consumers First

After a taxing 25-kilometer journey to the nearest retailer of solar products, Onyong’e found the Azuri solar home system that now powers her home and charges her mobile phone. Azuri is one of the many products that have been tested and approved by Lighting Global, the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of … Read More

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

PAYG Insight Series: Sales Agent Network Management

This article is the first in a series that explores select operational issues faced by off-grid solar PAYG companies. Given the nascent stage of the sector, the goal of this series is to highlight critical issues and encourage companies and other actors to continue to identify and surface best practices for how to deal with … Read More

Quality Assurance Update: Management Transition

IFC first started working with industry to develop the Lighting Global Quality Assurance Program in 2008. Since then, IFC has managed the program’s operations—in partnership with technical advisor Humboldt State University / Schatz Energy Research Center, test laboratories, and industry stakeholders—to bring assurance to buyers and investors in off-grid solar technology. Lighting Global has worked … Read More

New Study Finds Kerosene Subsidies an Obstacle to Energy Efficiency and Development

In the latest issue of World Development, Evan Mills of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) publishes an in-depth article about kerosene subsidies impeding progress toward social and development goals. Used in more than 170 countries, kerosene is often an overlooked form of subsidized energy.  For many, it is the dominant fuel — more than 1B people worldwide … Read More

Article: How Off-Grid Solar Access Impacts Literacy

By Anna Wells, GOGLA Senior Communications Adviser Next month, the United Nations’ International Literacy Day will focus on ‘literacy in a digital world’. Without a doubt, digital technologies are changing the way people live, learn and work around the world. It’s more than likely that you’re reading this on a smart phone or laptop; technologies we rely … Read More

Lighting Asia/India Consumer Awareness Campaign Featured in SE4ALL Practitioner Network Newsletter

Recently, Lighting Asia/India’s SuryodayTM awareness campaign — aimed at educating potential consumers and helping them make smarter choices about solar products — was featured in the Energy Access Practitioner Network Newsletter of the United Nation’s SE4ALL initiative. Click here to learn more about the campaign and its impact. Similar campaigns in the future will target Rajasthan, Uttar … Read More

Registration Now Open for 2018 Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo in Hong Kong

GOGLA and Lighting Global are excited to announce that participant and exhibitor registration for the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo (22 – 24 January 2018, Hong Kong) is now open! Have a look at our event website for a sneak peek of the conference agenda which includes sessions on access to finance, business development, technology and policy, as well as the latest … Read More

In the News: Off-Grid Solar Market and Lighting Myanmar Featured in Local Publication

Recently, Lighting Myanmar was featured in Frontier, Myanmar’s most reputable English-language publication. Launched in June 2016, the IFC-led Lighting Myanmar project is a key component of the Government of Myanmar’s National Electrification Plan, which aims to achieve universal access to sustainable electricity services by 2030. To support this goal, the project will assist international and … Read More