Path to Profitability

…challenge facing off-grid solar businesses, for both retail models and Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo). This new effort includes plenary sessions to educate the off-grid solar sector, one-on-one consultations with off-grid firms interested to know more about the framework, in-depth workshops, and development and implementation of plan towards achieving profitability. P2P is an adaptable framework that evaluates how hidden costs and inefficiencies in sales-…

Papua New Guinea

…access to phone charging and solar lighting for the first time. That’s a dramatic difference compared to when the program started when only two percent of the population had access to off-grid solar products. Back then, people were reliant on firewood and kerosene, which is expensive, and hazardous to both individual health and the environment. By substituting kerosene lamps with solar power, Lighting PNG is significantly reducing PNG’s greenhouse…

The Future of Lighting Global

…d partner on flagship items including the Market Trends Report and the GOGLA-Lighting Global Off Grid Solar Forum, the core biennial knowledge resources that have supported the global market since their launch in 2009. While Lighting Global has eclipsed its initial goal of reaching 250 million people with modern off-grid solar services, the World Bank team is now singularly focused on contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goal #7 — ach…

Lighting Africa

The joint IFC-World Bank Lighting Africa program has set itself the ambitious and important target of enabling more than 250 million people across sub-Saharan Africa currently living without electricity to gain access to clean, affordable, quality-verified off-grid lighting and energy products by 2030. Lighting Africa’s aim is to achieve this by catalyzing the market through a number of different activities across the supply chain: Market Intelli…

BLOG | Kerosene for home lighting: A key Indicator to prioritize Districts for Clean Energy Initiatives in India

…ar Nagar 22.7 76.5 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.1 Sultanpur 34.6 64.6 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 Bahraich 9.8 89.1 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.1 Shrawasti 9.5 89.4 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.1 Balrampur 13.2 86.2 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.1 Gonda 15.1 84.2 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1 Siddharthnagar 22.2 76.9 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.1 Basti 25.4 73.8 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.1 Sant Kabir Nagar 28 71.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 Mahrajganj 19.4 79.5 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.1 Gorakhpur 31.8 67.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.1 Kushinagar 20.7 78.4 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.1 Deoria 27.8 71.4 0….

As New Report Estimates the Off-Grid Solar Market has Provided Improved Energy Access to 360 Million People Globally, Sector Leaders Gather in Hong Kong to Chart the Future of the Industry

…d.light announces that following its successful launch last year of the pay-as-you-go X-series solar home system with TV, it will be rounding off its 10th-year celebrations with a new product range unveil at the Forum and Expo. Ned Tozun, d.light CEO and co-founder, adds: “Over our 10 year history, we have strived to push the boundaries of innovation and to challenge ourselves to never be satisfied with the status quo. The launch of these new prod…

Quality Assurance Update: June 2018

…a few observations. In the Technology Working Group meeting, we presented data on the failure rates for renewal (AR) testing and market entry (QTM) testing. We noted that a number of products have experienced failures—which are generally corrected once identified—associated with the presentation of information on the product packaging and other consumer-facing information. We speculate that some instances of non-compliance may be due to internal d…

“You Can See the Future from Here” The World Bank Solar Village

…energy professionals from around the globe that came together for our semi-annual “Energy and Extractives Week” learning event. ©ESMAP/ Jonathan Davidar Visitors who remembered our installation from 2017, were struck – as we continuously are – by the rapid leaps in off-grid technology. As return visitor, Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director of Energy & Extractives at the World Bank noted while touring our solar village with then-interim President of…

Article: How Off-Grid Solar Access Impacts Literacy

…son also highlights the importance of enablers such as mobile money and pay-as-you-go services in creating the right ecosystem and helping to reduce ‘the tread on different steps of the energy staircase’. Increasingly, this progression is referred to as the ‘energy staircase’, rather than the ladder, since the sector is learning that off-grid customers stack their energy services, while building a suite of options. So rather than discarding produc…

Bloomberg Philanthropies Invests $5m In Little Sun To Increase Access To Clean Lighting In Africa

…Merklit Mersha /2012 Little SunLittle Sun, the creator of the portable, solar-powered Little Sun lamp, has been awarded a $5 million impact investment by Bloomberg Philanthropies. This is Bloomberg Philanthropies first-ever impact investment and will provide a low interest rate loan that will allow Little Sun to grow its social business, and provide more people and businesses across Africa with clean and affordable energy. The foundation undertook…