BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…gued by frequent black-outs. The majority of these off-grid households are in rural areas, and depend on agricultural activities – for sustenance, or income, or both. With so many unable to power or afford appliances, a full 65% of land in Sub-Saharan Africa is tilled, ploughed, and weeded manually, resulting in globally low farm yields – while over a quarter of the adult population in the region suffers from food insecurity. Electrical appliances…

Path to Profitability

…supports increased profitability at various phases including launching, refining, or pivoting. P2P is also ideal for investors and donors looking to better understand and assess unit economic performance of prospective or current portfolio companies. BACKGROUND AND RESPONSE The off-grid solar industry has entered a new stage of development that requires substantial investment to progress to the next level. To access this working capital, firm-leve…

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…oducts and prevent the eroding of consumer confidence in off-grid products in the process, we created an international quality standard for solar-powered devices and solar home systems. We also advise manufacturers on the quality standards. Market Intelligence: We conduct market research and publish the findings, demonstrating the extensive opportunities presented by the off-grid market and providing critical data to help manufacturers, distributo…

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

…ging renewable energy technologies and (their) dissemination, but also combining mini-grids with solar PV systems,” said Nzioka, adding that the government had removed import duty on solar products. Harriet Lamb, CEO of British climate charity Ashden, has called for investors, governments and philanthropic groups to create a $35-million fund to support community-based clean-energy businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, as customers struggle to p…

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

…oject (ROGEAP) aims to increase access to sustainable electricity services in the fifteen ECOWAS member countries and four additional countries (namely Cameroon, Chad, Mauritania and Central African Republic) for households, businesses, and in some instances public health and education facilities in a pilot program. While Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from lack of access to reliable electricity services, this deficit is more pronounced in the Western…

Product Testing Data

…help to protect consumers and distributors by ensuring that products sold in the market continue to perform as reported at program entry. Number of Products evaluated under the Market Check Test Program 120 Number of Products that maintained status after receiving feedback from Lighting Global and making corrections 38 Number of products whose status was revoked based on results from a Market Check Test evaluation 6   Company Statistics Lighting…

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo)

…of life of some eight million people—primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa—by bringing clean energy and financing to customers that traditional utilities and financial institutions have ignored. This new business model has received a great deal of attention from investors and the development community because of its potential role in addressing the energy access gap. Despite that potential, the pathway toward a productive, resilient, and customer-centr…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…visible. Off-grid solar is proving capable of meeting demand at lower cost in rural areas, and of reaching large numbers of people in relatively short timeframes, which is helping to build its credibility. Innovative projects like IDCOL in Bangladesh are creating opportunities for governments to showcase and celebrate off-grid access achievements. Public funding is needed, both on and off-grid, in order to achieve universal access. On grid, it is…

PAYGo Market Attractiveness Index

…-as-you-go (PAYGo) is today one of the fastest growing business models within the off-grid lighting and electricity services sectors in Africa. Starting from a contribution of less than 1% of sales in Africa in 2014, it grew to represent 12% of sales across the continent in 2016, while in Kenya it has reached as high as 25% of sales. As other off-grid energy solutions confront issues related to access to finance for end-customers, PAYGo has the ad…

JOBS | Chinese Speaking Marketing & Business Development Intern

…s, creating annotated bibliographies, etc.; Research relevant reports pertaining the new productive use products included in Lighting Global II; Provide communications assistance to the Lighting Global team, which entails: Coordinating logistical or other assistance for Lighting Global events upon request, including keeping track of all the events in the off-grid solar sector and informing the LGII team members; Developing relevant social media an…