Pakistan

…rural Pakistanis are connected to the national grid but experience daily load-shedding or blackouts in excess of 12 hours on average. These 22 million households end up spending a massive US$2.3 billion every year on alternative sources of power. However, unreliable and poor-quality lighting products limit productivity and waste money. The initiatives in Pakistan are part of Lighting Pakistan/Afghanistan, which aims to enable 1.5 million Pakistani…

Afghanistan

…have access to the national grid and even more in urban areas experience load-shedding or regular blackouts of over six hours a day. Lighting Pakistan/Afghanistan, a program of IFC, aims at helping address the lighting needs of Pakistani consumers by helping them gain access to low-cost, high-quality, safe, reliable, and cleaner lighting products. In addition, Lighting Afghanistan aims to enable 300,000 Afghanis to have access to modern energy ser…

Latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report Reveals a Buoyant Market Despite a Dip in Sales

…g the off-grid solar sector, launched the latest Global Off-Grid Solar Semi-Annual Market Report, which includes performance data from 65 companies and covers the period of January to June 2017. Overall, there was a 7% drop in worldwide sales volumes of off-grid solar products since the last six-month update, which covered July to December 2016. Nevertheless, there remains a buoyant market in which companies are taking an optimistic approach. At t…

Latest Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report Reveals USD 922 Million Has Been Raised Since 2012, While an Estimated 130 million Products Have Been Sold to Date, Reaching 360 Million People with Life-Changing Technology

…growth of over 85% annually since 2014. This has been driven largely by pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) sales. PAYGO financing is bringing solar products within reach of more consumers than ever, and has the potential to revolutionize consumer financing in emerging markets across a much wider spectrum of products. “The numbers in the report reflect a dynamic young industry that is altering the economic landscape of developing countries while delivering unpr…

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

…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 re…

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

…oney 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 March or because they could not pay their bills after losing their jobs during the pandemic. “My neighbours who are experienci…

BLOG | Championing the Cause for Quality in Off-Grid Solar Products

…ach that focuses primarily on product durability and on confirming truth-in-advertising (i.e. making sure that manufacturer’s advertised performance claims are accurate). The Lighting Global QA program can be broken into three main elements: First, it uses test methods that have been adopted by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), to determine whether products meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards. Second, it coordinates an in…

IFC And CLASP Announce New Partnership To Sustain Quality Standards For Consumers In Off-Grid Solar Markets

…Washington, D.C., USA: Rahim Kanani Lighting Global Phone: (202) 437-8941 E-mail: rkanani@ifc.org In Washington, D.C., USA: Allison Kimble CLASP Phone: (202) 750-5124 E-mail: akimble@clasp.ngo In Utrecht, Netherlands: Darragh Cotter GOGLA Phone: +31 630567476 E-mail: d.cotter@gogla.org IFC and CLASP Announce New Partnership to Sustain Quality Standards for Consumers in Off-Grid Solar Markets Washington D.C., USA and Utrecht, Netherlands, November…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…little as $100, with the costs borne by the end-user over time through pay-as-you-go consumer financing. As a ‘plug & play’ product, it can be quickly distributed and installed by the customer. Grid connections delivering Tier 3-5 access, in contrast, cost governments anywhere from $370 to $1500 or more per connection, take years to complete, and require professional installation. Recent Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) surveys suggest off-grid solutio…