Greenlight Partners with Angaza to Launch PAYG Consumer Platform

…ou-Go Eco Easy Buy kits © Angaza DesignGreenlight Planet has launched a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) platform, the Sun King™ Eco Easy Buy, to enable low-income customers purchase its solar lamps in instalments over a period of 10 weeks. Greenlight Planet is using a mobile payments platform developed by Angaza Design to enable customers who cannot purchase solar lights upfront, pay a modest deposit of $2.75 towards the purchase price, and thereafter pay on…

BLOG | Championing the Cause for Quality in Off-Grid Solar Products

…on that they need. The Lighting Global program operates an independent, non-commercial global quality assurance (QA henceforth) framework for modern off-grid energy and lighting products. It is the World Bank Group’s platform supporting sustainable growth of the international off-grid lighting market as a means of increasing energy access to people not connected to grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, IFC and the World Bank work with the Glo…

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

…describes the differences between the SHS Kit Test Methods and IEC/TS 62257-9-5 (the existing test methods for pico-products). After reviewing the draft Test Methods and/or revised Quality Standards, provide comments through this online form. To enable you to prepare responses in advance of filling out the online form, the questions are listed in this document, however, all comments must be submitted through the online form.   Comments must be rec…

Path to Profitability

…g blocks for sustained profitability. While profitability through economies-of-scale holds true in some business models, it may not for others, and can very well undermine the performance of the entire organization. In response to this growing concern, Lighting Global presents a different kind of approach to address the profitability challenge facing off-grid solar businesses, for both retail models and Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo). This new effort inclu…

VACANCY | Communications Consultant (China)

…package (take relevant excerpts to promote if not fully translated). The upcoming 2020 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report will be released at the Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo in Nairobi. Work with the Lighting Global (World Bank or IFC) Communications lead on the dissemination plan for this report, which will need a pre-planned strategic communications, outreach and media plan to keep audiences engaged and informed about the sector and our work;…

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

…d.light announces that following its successful launch last year of the pay-as-you-go X-series solar home system with TV, it will be rounding off its 10th-year celebrations with a new product range unveil at the Forum and Expo. Ned Tozun, d.light CEO and co-founder, adds: “Over our 10 year history, we have strived to push the boundaries of innovation and to challenge ourselves to never be satisfied with the status quo. The launch of these new prod…

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

…akunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanja, a 48-year-old farm worker, said she had not made any money since the country’s lockdown started in March, but the solar photovoltaic (PV) unit she purchased in January means she no longer needs to buy kerosene for lamplight. And she can also help others in her area who are without electricity, either because of faults on power lines around the country due to heavy rains since M…

Selling Solar to Rural Africa is Emerging as a Hot Market

…ave bank accounts or full-time jobs. They decided to use it to create a pay-as-you-go financing system for solar panels, efficient lights and other appliances that piggy backed on the existing payment system, wireless networks and software. Customers pay for the solar system, which costs about $200, with a small up-front sum followed, usually, by daily micro-payments for a year. If the customer stops paying, M-Kopa can turn the solar system off re…

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

…riers 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. Replacing them with solar products would reduce indoor pollution, help save money, and allow people to operate small enterprises with reliable, clean, and affor…

300 Days of Sunshine Light Up Papua New Guinea’s Future

…d, a subsidiary of Origin Energy Australia, to connect customers with a pay-as-you-go business model. This allows them to pay on a monthly basis for solar systems, like lights, a cell phone charger, and a radio powered by a rooftop panel. This is new for many customers, who have never had access to banking or credit services. IFC hopes that this new business model will be adopted and scaled by other players operating in Papua New Guinea. “The whol…