Announcing the 2018 Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & Expo Hosted by GOGLA and Lighting Global

…o (formerly known as the International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Exhibition) will take place from January 21-24 in Hong Kong. This is the first time that the biennial event, which started in 2007, will take place in East Asia—acknowledging the growing and critical role Asia plays in the development of the off-grid solar market worldwide. As the essential meeting place for the sector, the Forum and Expo provides a unique platform for knowled…

Off-Grid Solar Market Returns to Robust Growth, According to Latest Sector Report

…e than in the same period of 2016. The latest edition in this series of semi-annual sales reports uses data provided by 67 GOGLA members and companies whose products meet Lighting Global quality standards. These companies represent an estimated 30 per cent of the total off-grid solar market, and have sold 34.8 million off-grid solar lighting and energy products since 2010. Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA, says methods for collecting and r…

Greenlight Partners with Angaza to Launch PAYG Consumer Platform

…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 one dollar every week for a period of 10 weeks in order to fully own th…

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…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…versal access by 2030 or before, using a combination of grid extension, mini-grids and off-grid solar. Geospatial mapping and least-cost planning tools have been used to determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to achieve universal access. For nearly all countries with an access deficit, off-grid solar represents the fastest and most cost-effective way to reach a significant proportion of the population. In many countries, off-grid sola…

Apply to Test Your Solar Home System Kit

…and the regional programs (Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia and Lighting Pacific) will begin to extend support to “plug-and-play” direct current (DC) solar home system kits that are larger than 10 W. A step in this process is exploring and piloting test methods for these larger systems. We are currently learning from our first round of pilot tests and are now organizing a second round of pilot testing. In this second round we will again test up to…

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…

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…

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…

QA | IEC Adopts Standards for Standalone Solar Energy Kits

…cal Committee 82 voted unanimously to approve publication of Technical Specification 62257-9-8, which contains quality standards for pico-solar products and solar home system kits with PV modules rated up to 350 watts. These standards are an updated version of the Lighting Global Quality Standards, developed by the World Bank Group and used widely around the world. Together with the corresponding test methods (IEC/TS 62257-9-5), these quality stan…