The Future of Lighting Global

IFC winds down Lighting Global Support to focus on mobilizing investment for Off-Grid Solar sector, World Bank expands program with ESMAP A Letter from Russell Sturm & Dana Rysankova Colleagues, For more than a decade, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program has been at the forefront of the drive to expand access to modern solar energy services for people living without reliable grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, IFC and the World…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

By Natalie Mouyal, 26 June 2020 This story originally appeared on the International Electrotechnical Commission Blog   Access to affordable and reliable energy is a basic need. Not only is it one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) established by the United Nations in its framework for building a better world by 2030, but also a vital tool for achieving all SDGs. Yet, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global estimates that over 700 millio…

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

By Kagondu Njagi This story originally appeared on the Thomson Reuters Foundation site. When Lucyline Wanja Silas installed a 12-volt solar power unit at her home to help her children study at night, little did she know it would become essential to her and her neighbours in Gakunga 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 Marc…

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

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is now hiring for the following core staff positions of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the Regional Off-Grid Electricity Access Project (ROGEAP): Senior Advisor to the Commissioner Financial Management Specialist Procurement Specialist Communication Officer Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Administrative Officers (2) Further information about the positions and how to apply can b…

Lighting Global Quality Standards Published in Chinese

…ion of the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) technical specification for pico-solar products and plug-and-play solar home system kits released in Shanghai this week. The Mandarin edition of the testing technical specification (IEC/TS 62257-9-5:2018) was published by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), the national standards body of China. These test methods have become the global quality standard for clean off-grid l…

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Chinese Company Shenzhen LEMI Breaks Into New Markets

…rate market growth while continuing solar technology innovation. New to African markets at the time, LEMI moved swiftly to leverage Lighting Global’s existing networks, build new connections, and seek business development opportunities in local markets to distribute their products. “With the help of Lighting Global’s decade-long impact in the market, LEMI was able to hold successful promotional events for our quality verified products in Ethiopia…

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…access to electricity – down from 1.2 billion in 2010. Despite this significant progress, under current and planned policies, an estimated 620 million people will remain without access in 2030, 85 percent of them in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of those living without modern energy services rely on kerosene, candles, battery torches, or other fossil fuel-powered technologies for lighting. These traditional solutions are expensive, harmful to…

JOBS | Chinese Speaking Marketing & Business Development Intern

…surance, business support services and consumer education. Lighting Global II is offering an internship position based out of either Shenzhen or Hong Kong for an eligible applicant to support the program team with research, operational, implementation and administration support, related to Lighting Global program activities, and events.The intern will serve as a research assistant to the Lighting Global China Outreach Consultant. S/he will also pr…

Expanding Energy Access While Reducing GHG Emissions

and the effects of a warming planet become ever-more tangible through hurricanes and droughts, floods and wildfires. More than 10% of these total global emissions derive from residential energy use, primarily for electricity and heating. At the same time, 789 million people world-wide continue to live without any access to electricity – the vast majority of whom are in sub- Saharan Africa. This lack of energy not only severely curtails educationa…

Quality Assurance

…lity standards, promote durable off-grid products, and adopt harmonized policies, Lighting Global Quality Assurance instilled confidence in what was once a nascent and unproven industry. Under its quality assurance program, Lighting Global developed the first test methods and quality standards for pico-products and solar home system kits up to 350 Wp and worked with governments around the world to encourage the adoption of harmonized policies that…