Call for comments on draft Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

…ng Global and the regional Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia, and Lighting Pacific programs are in the process of extending support to larger (10W to 100W) solar home system kits in response to consumer and industry demands. We are now releasing our draft Test Methods for SHS kits for stakeholder review. These methods are similar to those for pico products, but include some modifications and new methods, such as an assessment of USB and other ports o…

Path to Profitability

PATH TO PROFITABILITY Path to Profitability (P2P) is a unique framework and methodology designed by IFC’s Lighting Global for off-grid solar firms operating in emerging markets. This new framework offers a different approach to examine and critique unit-level economics as the core building block of the business. P2P allows off-grid solar firms to evaluate and benchmark pricing, margins, and cost structures that support a firm’s pathway toward pro…

VACANCY | Communications Consultant (China)

…and strategic guidance.   General Description of the Role Lighting Global II is offering a short-term consultancy (STC) position based out of Shenzhen for an experienced Chinese communications specialist to advise and implement outreach activities to increase awareness of the Lighting Global program offerings and Quality Verified products for Chinese-made products. The consultant should have strong marketing, communications, operational, and admi…

As New Report Estimates the Off-Grid Solar Market has Provided Improved Energy Access to 360 Million People Globally, Sector Leaders Gather in Hong Kong to Chart the Future of the Industry

…nce its latest product, the first Sun King solar-powered television. The 19-inch LED TV, which will be on display at the Greenlight Planet exhibition booth (at C4). This will be introduced as part of a complete home energy package. This launch follows a major announcement in December 2017 that the company received an additional $60m in new funding from private equity firm Apis Partners and other investors. The announcement capped off an eventful y…

BLOG | Kerosene for home lighting: A key Indicator to prioritize Districts for Clean Energy Initiatives in India

…rural India by promoting modern off-grid lighting products, systems and mini-grid connections. The program works with the private sector to remove market entry barriers, provide market intelligence, foster B2B linkages and raise consumer awareness on modern lighting options. The Lighting Asia/India Program is supported by the governments of United States, Italy, Austria, and Australia. The Program is partnering with manufacturing companies (Barefo…

BLOG | How Lighting Asia/India empowers women through off-grid solar solutions (by Anjali Garg) – on IFC Medium

…nergy by promoting modern off-grid lighting products, home systems, and mini-grid connections. It brings together private sector partners to address critical barriers to market growth by providing market intelligence, fostering business-to-business connections, strengthening distribution, and raising consumer awareness on quality-assured lighting products. Women and children are disproportionately affected by the toxic smoke from fuel-based lamps….

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

Will electricity in developing rural areas spread more like cell phones than land lines? These startups think so. After years of fits and starts, startups and big businesses are finally starting to pay attention to the solar market in rural corners of the developing world. Over the past few months, a number of high profile investors have backed startups selling solar panels to off-grid customers across regions like Africa, India, and East Asia. M…

Reuters | Solar keeps lights, phones on for rural Kenyans during pandemic blackouts

…wable energy technologies and (their) dissemination, but also combining mini-grids with solar PV systems,” said Nzioka, adding that the government had removed import duty on solar products. Harriet Lamb, CEO of British climate charity Ashden, has called for investors, governments and philanthropic groups to create a $35-million fund to support community-based clean-energy businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, as customers struggle to pay. “Off-…

WEBINAR | The Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report 2020 – Key Findings for Manufacturers

…obi for the past 4 years supporting global off-grid companies to scale, facilitating investments, and running large scale energy access programs.   Webinar information Time:Friday 15th May 2020 15:00 – 17:00 China Standard Time Meeting link: Tencent meeting APP https://voovmeeting.com/s/5ktbBI84790e Meeting ID:906 046 175 Meeting code:0515 Click to download the webinar slides     #######   About Open Capital Advisors Open Capital Advisors is a man…

COVID-19 Energy Access Relief Fund Update

…They are currently working with key investors to clarify the process and eligibility criteria. Companies that are interested in applying for funding, are encouraged to submit an expression of interest before Tuesday, 17 November, COB EST. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. If you have already submitted an EOI, your information is in review. To learn more, visit the SIMA Fund website or contact SIMA at earf@simafu…