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

VACANCY | Communications Consultant (China)

Communications & Client Engagement Consultant Job Title: Short Term Consultant for Lighting Global (75 Days) Location: Shenzhen, China Department: Lighting Global, IFC Energy Access Advisory   Background  Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market as a means of rapidly increasing energy access to the … Read More

NEWS | First Indian-Made Solar Powered Torch Meets LG Quality Standards

JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN – Frontier Markets, a company with the mission to provide access to quality clean energy solutions in rural India, has launched a solar powered torch that meets the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Quality Standards. Frontier Market’s “Solar Rakshak Plus,” is the first made in India solar powered torch to meet these standards. “This … Read More

WEBINAR | July 10: PAYGo Key Performance Indicators

Please join us for a PAYGo webinar on “The Last Mile to KPIs 2.0” scheduled for July 10, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT 13:00 GMT | 15:00 CEST | 16:00 EAT The webinar will cover the progress-to-date made by the PAYGo PERFORM initiative – a partnership to develop a reporting framework and further refine the set of key performance indicators … Read More

WEBINAR | 2019 PAYGo Market Attractiveness Index

Lighting Global recently released the 2019 version of the Pay-As-You-Go Market Attractiveness Index (PAYGo MAI) for 24 countries across Sub Saharan Africa and Asia. The updated PAYGo MAI provides businesses, policymakers and practitioners with a flexible and accessible tool that can be used to assess the profitability of a national market for PAYGo energy services. … Read More

“You Can See the Future from Here” The World Bank Solar Village

What do you think of when you imagine a village center? Most likely some sort of kiosk or market comes to mind; a place to buy essentials, and perhaps a cool drink. Maybe you imagine a larger village with a school and a medical center, both of which would draw visitors from surrounding areas – … Read More

SAVE THE DATE | 2020 Forum and Expo

Please mark your calendars for the next edition of the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo to be held 18 – 20 February 2020 in Nairobi, Kenya. During these two days, our event will provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking opportunities, and the exhibition of off-grid solar products and services. Lighting Global co-hosts … Read More

QUALITY ASSURANCE | Off-Grid Standards and Regulations: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed? Reflections from Naomi Wagura, Lighting Global QA

By Naomi Wagura, Lighting Global Quality Assurance  As the off-grid solar market in East Africa expands, more governments are considering standards and regulations for an increasing number of products, including off-grid appliances. Standards ensure poor-quality products are kept out of the market, provide a level playing field for all market players, and ensure end-consumers are … Read More