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

Global Off-Grid Solar Industry Grows into a $1.75 billion Annual Market, New Report Shows NAIROBI, Feb. 18, 2020 – The off-grid solar industry has grown into a $1.75 billion annual market, providing lighting and other energy services to 420 million users and remains on a solid growth curve, a new World Bank Group and GOGLA report shows. The 2020 Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report finds that the industry has made tremendous strides in the past de…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…l has played a key role in contributing towards the growth of the industry into a $1.75 billion annual market, providing lighting and other energy services to more than 420 million users. The development of the Lighting Global Quality Assurance Framework and Quality Standards to both protect and inspire confidence in rural consumers in new technology and specific products has been a critical foundational element in this growth. In June 2020, the L…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…and trust the benefits this technology brings, while manufacturers can tap into existing distribution streams. Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) models are already being adapted and piloted for the more expensive PULSE appliances, while asset leasing, guarantor loan structures and specialist agricultural credit facilities are starting to expand access to financing for PULSE, even as on-going R&D efforts are seeking to bring costs down. Nonetheless, in order to

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…-grid access achievements. Public funding is needed, both on and off-grid, in order to achieve universal access. On grid, it is widely accepted that public funding is needed to support generation, transmission, distribution, or tariffs. Off-grid in contrast, there is often an expectation that the private sector can achieve electrification on its own. Despite impressive growth and investment, profitability has proven elusive for many companies and…

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…rica pilot in Kenya. We’ve since expanded across the African continent and into Asia and the Pacific under the Lighting Asia program, and are currently developing a program in the Americas as well. *Tracking SDG7: The Energy Progress Report 2020 finds that the share of the global population with access to electricity increased from 83 percent in 2010 to 90 percent in 2018, enabling more than a billion people to gain access during the period. The p…

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

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 be found on the ECOWAS website as below: In English: ROGEAP PIU Staff EOIs and TORs In French: ROGEAP PIU Staff EOIs and TORs About the Regional Off-Grid…

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo)

…resentatives to help test, update, and mainstream company performance KPIs into the financial sector. PAYGo businesses still lack debt financing and rely on equity financing for shortfalls. With the right set of standardized financial reporting and benchmarks, commercial funders and potential investors could more easily finance and evaluate performance for the PAYGo sector. GOGLA, CGAP and Lighting Global are proposing a framework for an open, tra…

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

Washington, D.C., July 14, 2021 — CGAP, GOGLA, and Lighting Global today launched the PAYGo Performance, Reporting and Measurement (PAYGo PERFORM) financial reporting framework for the pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar industry. Developed through an industry-led process involving roughly 600 stakeholders, the framework represents a significant step toward helping this promising young industry improve performance, present an accessible profile to invest…

Expanding Energy Access While Reducing GHG Emissions

…clean energy. Since then, Earth Day has picked up momentum, and has grown to the world’s largest secular observance – with more than a billion people marking it last year. In those same 20 years, however, annual global emissions have continued to rise, from 25.11b tons in 2020 to 36.4b tons in 2019. Even the temporary dip in emissions in 2020 due to lockdowns triggered by COVID-19 wasn’t enough to impact the atmospheric concentrations of greenhou…

PAYGo Market Attractiveness Index

…we are using it as the primary tool for go or no go decisions as we expand into new VI markets in Africa. — Jacob Okoth, Africa Managing Director for d.light Solar This Index is intended to help PAYGo companies, investors, development partners and other stakeholders to assess the opportunities to expand into other markets. The friendly user interface allows for adjustments to the weighting of the different variables, enabling the user to consider…