Blog | Lighting Nigeria:Tackling Energy Poverty Despite Covid-19

…ight in search of a flickering light. Unmistakably, the number of lanterns and candles pressed into duty every night will run into millions at a time that even upscale shopping malls conspicuously display candles and kerosene lanterns among their ware. This energy situation in Nigeria both poses a challenge and provides an opportunity. It is a challenge to have such a huge number of people shut out of the opportunities afforded by modern energy se…

PRESS RELEASE | 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report

…ctor of GOGLA. “The Market Trends Report shares details on where we stand, and where we should be heading next.” The report summary of the biennial flagship report, which is published by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), was released in Nairobi at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo where President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed more than 1200 participants today. The full report will…

PRESS RELEASE | New Reporting Standards Could Energize the Off-Grid Solar Industry

…k. “Now is the ideal time for the industry to introduce common reporting standards and increase transparency to attract further investment from the existing and potential new investors. We are very proud of being actively involved in the whole process and looking forward to the industry adopting them,” he said. The PAYGo industry emerged roughly a decade ago as off-grid solar companies in Africa and Asia looked for ways to make home solar systems…

Job Opportunities | ECOWAS now hiring for the Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP)

…industry; poor access to finance; and lack of clear information on the demand and customer segments. Moreover, the region has yet to significantly benefit from the innovative solar photo voltaic (PV) technologies and disruptive business models, such as Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO), compared to East Africa. Promoting electrification using stand-alone solar systems requires a harmonized regional approach. This entails establishing a business-friendly ecos…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…) in Sub-Saharan Africa,” looks at this market for three of the most in-demand and mature PULSE use cases in agriculture: irrigation, cooling & refrigeration, and agro-processing. The market for PULSE The report finds that, currently, solar water pumps can be implemented at the largest number of farms as they are relatively affordable as compared to alternatives, and can increase yields for farms starting as small as 0.5 hectares. An estimated 701…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…tions. Countries across Africa and Asia such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya and Rwanda have launched ambitious, integrated electrification plans targeting universal 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 def…

JOBS | Chinese Speaking Marketing & Business Development Intern

…iences; Support preparation of presentations as requested (both in English and Mandarin); Translate and or support the Lighting Global team with documents and tasks in Mandarin. Selection criteria: Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree (or pursuing) in business and/or finance or related field preferred; Knowledge of spoken and written Mandarin language (required) Fluency in written and spoken English with analytical writing skills in English…

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Chinese Company Shenzhen LEMI Breaks Into New Markets

…were 25 local media outlets at our events, making our new brand known as a new and credible player in Africa. Since then, we have imported and distributed our products in these two countries,” she added. Lighting Global supports associate companies to expand high quality solar products into nascent markets to protect new consumers who are unfamiliar with these products. Salman Zahir, with the Lighting Global program explains that “These safe-measu…

Lighting Global Quality Standards Published in Chinese

…la to support companies, manufacturers, and engineering students in understanding and meeting quality standards in Shenzhen and throughout Southeast China. Russell Sturm, lead for energy access of the International Finance Corporation signed the agreement along with Ruan Shuangchen, President of SZTU during the signing ceremony in Shanghai. Sturm expressed deep appreciation for the supportive role that SZTU and SMQ have played, “We will deepen our…

Expanding Energy Access While Reducing GHG Emissions

…an indoor environment cool, or enable refrigeration to slow food spoilage and store vaccines and other medications. As droughts become more common, the need for irrigation to prevent crop failure becomes more essential, with solar water pumps able to play an important role. In the aftermath of climate (as well as other human-made) disasters such as hurricanes, off-grid energy can also be rapidly deployed to support the recovery period providing l…