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…

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

…eholds in India (https://www.censusindia.gov.in/2011census/hlo/Houselisting-housing-PCA.html). This data can help manufacturers and other clean energy stakeholders to plan sales, awareness campaigns, promotions, and marketing and scale up strategies using limited available resources. The data can help them decide which states/regions to prioritize. India is a large country, prioritizing geographies before rolling out operations can help optimize u…

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…

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…

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…

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

…t Accelerator and provides market research and strategy development for off-grid companies and investors. Jonnie Clowes Jonnie is a Project Leader at Open Capital in the Energy Access Practice. He has been working in Nairobi 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 Me…

COVID-19 Energy Access Relief Fund Update

…ore 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@simafunds.com.   新冠肺炎疫情能源接入救济基金最新信息   SIMA 已被选为能源接入救济基金 (Energy Access Relief Fund, 简称 EARF) 的独家基金管理机构。SIMA 一直致力于与重要投资者合作,阐明基金的运作流程以及获取救济的资格标准。有意申请该基金的公司,请于美国东部标准时间11月17日(星期二)下班前提交申请意向书。SIMA 收到提交的材料后将会进行滚动式审核。如…