Technical Guide for the KPI Framework

The KPI Framework seeks to improve information flow between investors and companies in the PAYG industry by establishing standardized definitions and reporting standards. The KPIs are not designed to replace an appropriate appraisal process and an investment officer, however they will allow for a more structured assessment and comparable values. However, given the highly variable … Read More

Case Study: Women Entrepreneurs Light the Way for Solar Products in India

Building markets for solar lighting, particularly among a widely distributed, low-income customer base, requires technical and business-model innovation. IFC’s Lighting Asia/India program accomplished both by partnering with solar distributors in India, such as Frontier Markets, to develop a network of women entrepreneurs known as Solar Sahelis. This network helped to overcome the cost and awareness … Read More

Life-Cycle Energy Benefits from Off-Grid Lighting

Peter Alstone and Patricia Lai presentation made at the Sustainability Session of the 3rd International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Trade Fair, November 12, 2012. Addresses the question: “Does off-grid lighting “pay” its energy and carbon debt from manufacturing?”.  

Lumina Project: Health & Safety Benefits of Modern Off-grid Lighting

Evan Mills, Ph.D.: A Presentation Lumina Project, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California US Department of Energy, Research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP)

Consumer Preferences for Off-Grid Lighting Products

This study on consumer preferences was undertaken by the Lighting Asia/India Program to gain insight into consumer expectations from products on parameters such as brightness and daily hours of use. This, in turn, will help manufacturers make product design decisions and help distribution companies select which products they should carry.

Quality Communication: Quality assurance in Kenya’s off-grid lighting market

Quality assurance (QA) is a core feature of Lighting Global’s support for the growing off-grid lighting market, and there is a recognized need for reliable information about product quality and performance as the market grows towards 10’s to 100’s of millions of users served. Fundamentally, QA is a process of ensuring that accurate and trusted … Read More

IDCOL Bangladesh: Quality Assurance for Off-Grid Solar Home Systems

As we work to design a quality assurance framework for solar home system kits, the Lighting Global Quality Assurance team has sought to draw from available standards and to learn from existing quality assurance efforts. One quality assurance framework that we examined carefully was the one used by the Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) in … Read More

Lighting Asia Pakistan Program Profile

For the last decade, Pakistan has been in the grip of a severe energy crisis. More than 144 million people across the country do not have reliable access to the grid, either because they are not connected or because they experience daily blackouts which often last over 12 hours per day. The power shortfall has … Read More

Household Lighting Fuel Costs in Kenya

This Market Intelligence Note presents empirical data from the 2005/06 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey on the expenditure for lighting fuels and the adoption of solar home systems among Kenyan households. A key finding is that median expenditure on kerosene by Kenyan households that used this fuel for lighting was 2% of total income.