Lighting Asia launches PAYGO in Afghanistan

…partners to expand the reach of the grid, the difficult terrain, dispersed rural communities, and precarious security conditions leave most rural households without reliable energy access. Solar Home Systems (SHS) represent a viable opportunity to provide basic energy services to those left unserved. This technology is now made affordable and available to rural households thanks to the PAYGO business model and d.Light’s solar home system, a Lighti…

Award-Winning Consumer Awareness Campaign for Quality-Assured Solar Lighting in Rural India Enters Second Phase

…ovember 2014 and concluded in January 2015, has just won three awards from Rural Marketing Association of India’s Flame Awards, which focus on rural markets in the country. The campaign scooped Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for the ‘Integrated Campaign of the Year’ category, the ‘In-film Campaign of the Year’ category, and the ‘Social Development Campaign of the Year’ category respectively. “We are very excited by this recognition and encouraged…

Lighting Asia/Bangladesh wins bronze at Flame Awards for Consumer Education Campaign

…t more information about the relevant products. About the Flame Awards The Rural Marketing Association of India (RMAI) instituted the Flame Awards to recognize excellence in marketing, promotion and initiatives across rural markets of the subcontinent. The submissions are first judged individually by a screening jury comprising of brand custodians, marketers, media / advertising professionals and domain experts in rural marketing. Shortlisted entr…

Niwa – Next Energy Products Releases Family of Modular Solar Systems

…arately to optimize energy use and increase the daily run time.       Home Run 400 X3The Home Run 400 X3 system includes three hanging light points and one portable light that each provide 100 lumens. The system also offers mobile phone charging and dimming switches for each of the light points.                  The MSS – Modular Solar Systems is the first product family to be tested as part of Lighting Global’s new Framework for Testing Product C…

The Rapidly Emerging Off-Grid Solar Market (Webinar: April 20, 2016, 9am ET, 3pm CET)

…ces in support of IFC’s strategic focus on Green Growth. In this capacity, Russell chairs the Corporation’s Green Growth Steering Committee that sets strategy and prioritizes resources for the Green Growth business. Russell’s work mobilizing commercial clean energy and energy efficiency financing with partner banks catalyzed IFC’s current business in sustainable energy finance investment. His innovations in market transformation provide the model…

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

…e daily life of millions of people — especially women. Years of working in rural distribution and understanding the rural consumer has gone into creating this product with women at the center of its development,” said Ajaita Shah, Founder and CEO of Frontier Markets. In India, the IFC-managed Lighting Asia/India has partnered with Frontier Markets since 2013 to promote innovative and quality assured products in rural areas. Read more at the Fronti…

An Emerging Market for Off-Grid Solar’s Newest Frontier: PULSE

…echnology improves, the cost per unit of performance will go down, even as rural households will have more disposable income to invest due to rising rural incomes. Additionally, as PULSE firms increase their sales, they benefit from economies of scale in manufacturing and distribution. Taking these expected trends into consideration, the report projects that the serviceable market for just solar water pumps in sub-Saharan Africa will increase from…

An Emerging Market for Off-Grid Solar’s Newest Frontier: PULSE

…echnology improves, the cost per unit of performance will go down, even as rural households will have more disposable income to invest due to rising rural incomes. Additionally, as PULSE firms increase their sales, they benefit from economies of scale in manufacturing and distribution. Taking these expected trends into consideration, the report projects that the serviceable market for just solar water pumps in sub-Saharan Africa will increase from…

Lighting Africa: Moving Consumers Up the Energy Ladder

…gh quality consumer products, solar lanterns are transforming lives in the rural areas, particularly improving children study and unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit and aspirations of rural people. Manufacturers have been listening to consumers, and taking advantage of falling prices of solar PV modules, batteries, and LEDs to develop a new generation of super-efficient appliances and products to further meet household and small business needs…

Job Opportunities | ECOWAS now hiring for the Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP)

…nhabitants have no access to electricity, about 70 percent of whom live in rural areas. Based on the off-grid market assessment of 2018, the average rural electrification rate stood around 18 percent, while that of eight countries—Burkina Faso, Chad, the CAR, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, and Niger—is less than 5 percent. Improving energy access, especially for marginalized and disadvantaged groups and lagging regions is essential in…