Announcing the First-Ever Key Performance Indicator Framework for the Off Grid Solar Pay-As-You-Go Sector

…is growing rapidly, especially the segments that use a variation of the Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) business model, which alone has provided more than 700,000 connections over the last six years in East Africa. PAYG business models are capital intensive and require significant amounts of working capital to scale. While the PAYG industry has raised over USD 300 million capital since 2012, commercial level capital is still needed to finance the increasing…

QA | Institutions Use the QA Framework to Determine Program Eligibility and Incentive Levels

…all market health by encouraging the entry and uptake of high-quality, high-performing products. Most recently, the Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) established results-based financing and debt facilities to provide incentives to companies to set up operations and sell solar and clean cooking solutions in underserved areas of Kenya. In order to be eligible for the KOSAP solar RBF (US$ 12m) and solar Debt Facility (US$ 30m), multi-light…

A letter from Russell Sturm: The Hidden Face of Energy Poverty

…gate picture of the dimensions and consequences of the global fleet of back-up fuel-fired generators in 167 developing countries. Working with Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Center, we use the best publicly available data to provide a conservative approximation of the global footprint. The picture it paints is alarming. The report estimates that there are 20-30 million sites using these generators globally, consuming 40-70 billion liter…

Latest Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report Reveals USD 922 Million Has Been Raised Since 2012, While an Estimated 130 million Products Have Been Sold to Date, Reaching 360 Million People with Life-Changing Technology

…growth of over 85% annually since 2014. This has been driven largely by pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) sales. PAYGO financing is bringing solar products within reach of more consumers than ever, and has the potential to revolutionize consumer financing in emerging markets across a much wider spectrum of products. “The numbers in the report reflect a dynamic young industry that is altering the economic landscape of developing countries while delivering unpr…

India Energy Access Summit Off-Grid Networking Event On 12 August 2016

…lLEAP.org for more information. This event will convene international off-grid industry leaders – including CLEAN Member-Partners and Winners and Finalists of the 2015-16 Global LEAP Awards for Off-Grid Televisions and Fans – to meet and explore ways to collaborate and do business in the fast-growing off-grid market. WHEN? 12th August, 2016 (This is a side event at the India Energy Access Summit, 11-12th August. Networking event participants are e…

New GOGLA-IFC Report: Over 4 Million Off-Grid Branded and Quality Verified Products Sold in Second Half of 2015, Positive Growth Continues

…he off-grid solar market. The key to understanding the development of this fast-growing market is quality, nuanced data. This new report reveals semi-annual product sales data, allowing for a systematic identification of key trends, analytical insights and other valuable market intelligence for the sector. In addition, and for the first time, data on revenues is included, providing for a more complete picture of pico-PV products and solar home sys…

Call for Comments on Integration of Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

…Quality Standards for Pico-products using the methods outlined in IEC 62257-9-5. Stakeholder feedback has been extremely valuable in the development of the test methods and standards for SHS kits, and now we ask for your help in the final step of integrating these methods into a single quality assurance framework. In the process of developing these new methods, it became clear that many of the new methods are appropriate for pico-solar products as…

VIDEO | PAYGo Path To Profitability Training (Webinar Recording)

…credible path toward profitability. Originally designed as an intensive in-person exercise, this year, IFC has developed an online module, “The P2P Capsule,” which provides a virtual introduction and immediate insight for examining profitability drivers as a precursor to the full P2P Toolkit. The webinar (held on May 6th, 2021) walks you through the module and answers questions from webinar participants.     To receive your own copy of the the on…

Call for Comments: Proposal to Submit Quality Standards to the IEC

…cks and risks. We welcome your comments on whether the Quality Standards should be submitted to the IEC. To provide feedback: Please review the stakeholder memo that presents the Call for Comments on the “Proposal to submit the Quality Standards to the IEC.” Provide your feedback in the online form. All comments must be submitted through this online form no later than Friday, June 30, 2017. We thank you for your time and look forward to your feedb…