Lighting Asia/India Launches Partnerships to Boost Quality Solar Lighting Products in Rural India

…s an IFC program aimed at increasing access to clean, affordable energy in rural India by promoting modern off-grid lighting products, and solar home systems. The program works with the private sector to remove market entry barriers, provide market intelligence, foster B2B/market linkages and raise consumer awareness on modern lighting options. For more information, visit Lighting India or contact Anjali Garg, Program Manager for Lighting Asia/Ind…

Power for All Interviews Praveen Kumar of Lighting India on How Best to Run Last Mile Consumer Education Campaigns

…r events in 5 villages a day, including meetings with 54,000 women, 15,000 school children, and 17,000 potential retailers and distributers. In this interview [conducted by Power for All], Lighting Asia’s rural marketing expert in India, Praveen Kumar, shares his insights on running the Surayada program across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Listen to the Q&A. Source: Power for All…

Practitioner Network & IFC webinar, “Towards Energy Access in India: The Role of End-user Engagement around Quality Lighting Solutions”, 29 March 2016

…g a no-cost webinar on the recent developments in scaling energy access in rural India, focusing specifically on the role of end-user engagement. The webinar will showcase IFC’s experience and lessons learned from a consumer awareness campaign, titled “SuryodayTM” (meaning Sunrise), on quality solar lighting which was implemented across more than 9,000 villages in the states of Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Hari Natarajan, CEO, Clean Ene…

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

…port from the World Bank (US$350 million) and AfDB (US$200). NEP is a first-of-its-kind project in Nigeria to deploy off-grid energy systems to address the energy deficit in the country. Such an ambitious project not only affirms the viability of distributed energy as a strong option for mass electrification but also provides tangible wins for all stakeholders in the sector, including consumers whose energy challenges are now being tackled. It als…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…ider array of products, including those driven by distributors, such as pay-as-you-go (PAYG) financing for solar home systems (SHS). Today, over 25.5 million people across sub-Saharan Africa meet their basic electricity needs through quality-verified off-grid solar sources. Without dedicated market building efforts, it is extremely unlikely so many would have gained access, given financial realities. The future of PULSE These market-building effor…

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo)

…about the KPI’s PATH TO PROFITABILITY While profitability through economies-of-scale holds true in some business models, it may not for others, and can very well undermine the performance of the entire organization. Being able to accurately discern whether scale assumptions hold true is critical on the Path to Profitability. Lighting Global’s latest knowledge series is a unique framework and methodology for bottom-up analysis for operational mappi…

Power for All: A Policy Roadmap for Clean, Rapid Rural Electricity Access

…de increased access to finance. Using original quantitative analysis and on-the-ground insights from campaign partners, Power for All identified five policies that national governments can adopt to reach universal energy access before 2030. They also developed three clear recommendations for how governments can work with the private sector and civil society to make implementation of those policies a reality, starting with the full integration of D…

In the News: Russell Sturm Quoted on Small-Scale Solar Leapfrogging Traditional Electric Grids in Africa and Asia

…advantages it provides. But building and connecting power plants is a multi-billion-dollar endeavor that can stretch the finances of poor countries and take years to complete. “It would cost $800 billion to electrify Africa in a traditional way — money that doesn’t exist,” Russell Sturm, who runs global energy access programs at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, told Seeker. “I can’t imagine it coming to the…

Origin Energy, IFC Launch Pay-As-You-Go Power to Energize Rural Papua New Guinea

…energy in the unserved and underserved markets of countries with difficult-to-reach markets,” said Hemant Mandal, IFC’s Regional Head for Energy Advisory. “This new PAYG pilot project will give local people access to a better quality yet affordable energy product. The PAYG pricing model builds on the work of Lighting PNG that brought solar power to more than a million people in PNG not connected to the grid. IFC has been using the experience gain…

Quality Standards now Updated

…lighting market. An additional update released on the Lighting Global website last week was the announcement of a discount offered on select IEC documents related to rural electrification. Available documents include IEC/TS 62257-9-5, the Technical Specification which institutionalizes the Lighting Global quality assurance framework and details testing protocols. For details on this offer and to see if you qualify for the discounts, visit the IEC…