BLOG | How Lighting Asia/India empowers women through off-grid solar solutions (by Anjali Garg) – on IFC Medium

…ions, strengthening distribution, and raising consumer awareness on quality-assured lighting products. Women and children are disproportionately affected by the toxic smoke from fuel-based lamps. Replacing them with solar products would reduce indoor pollution, help save money, and allow people to operate small enterprises with reliable, clean, and affordable lighting. It has become clear that women are not only important consumers and entrepreneu…

d.light Introduces Pay-As-You-Go Product

d.light design has introduced a new plug-and-play solar home lighting system which offers two lamps and a portable lantern. The product can charge mobile phones. The D20, which has met the Lighting Global Quality Standards, has two light settings – bright ambient light, and task or reading light. In Kenya, customers have the option to purchase this new product via the mobile payment pay-as-you-go (PAYG) system through M-KOPA Solar. The PAYG syste…

Quality Standards now Updated

…holder feedback and market trends, the team has also decided to transition away from a public emphasis on Performance Targets and instead move toward a system where consumers can compare products based on advertised performance metrics. The details of a reporting framework for the performance metrics will be determined through an upcoming stakeholder process. The revised Quality Standards and program decisions related to the Recommended Performanc…

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

…g 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 investors, and attract the capital it needs to lift millions of people out of energy poverty. The PAYGo PERFORM framewor…

In the News: In Kenya, A Solar Program Puts “Last-Mile” Consumers First

…usiness Opportunities Onyong’e launched her microbusiness using PAY-GO (Pay-As-You-Go,) a mobile-money platform that lets consumers pay for the products in small installments—making the product affordable to all income groups. PAY-GO allowed Onyong’e to take the items without capital, offer them for purchase to neighbors in her village, and receive payment after sales. After the training from Lighting Africa/Kenya, Onyonge added two new brands of…

Call for Comments on Integration of Test Methods and Quality Standards for Solar Home System Kits

…et if tested under our SHS kit testing framework. The framework covers plug-and-play kits that range in power between 10 W – 100 W. The Standards are assessed according to the Lighting Global Solar Home System Kit Quality Assurance Protocols. Pico-solar products continue to be assessed according the Quality Standards for Pico-products using the methods outlined in IEC 62257-9-5. Stakeholder feedback has been extremely valuable in the development o…

VIDEO | PAYGo Path To Profitability Training (Webinar Recording)

…nd immediate insight for examining profitability drivers as a precursor to the full P2P Toolkit. The webinar (held on May 6th, 2021) walks you through the module and answers questions from webinar participants.     To receive your own copy of the the online module, please email Kevin Kennedy at kkennedy2@worldbank.org. The module is downloadable to protect your data and typically takes between two to three hours to complete, which can be spread ov…

Call for Comments: Proposal to Submit Quality Standards to the IEC

…bmit these quality standards for adoption by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Making such a transition could provide benefits to the sector, but it also involves some drawbacks and risks. We welcome your comments on whether the Quality Standards should be submitted to the IEC. To provide feedback: Please review the stakeholder memo that presents the Call for Comments on the “Proposal to submit the Quality Standards to the IEC.”…

Call for comments on Accelerated Verification Method

…t process: Sign up to receive updates regarding this stakeholder process: Email sign-up Review the draft method for AVM as suggested by the Lighting Global team as listed in this document. Please review the draft method document and provide comments through this online form .   Comments must be received by Friday, June 19, 2015 in order for Lighting Global to take them into consideration.   If you have questions about this new policy, please email

Call for comments on IEC Technical Specification 62257-9-5 ed2.0

…nce team will propose changes to the test methods described in IEC/TS 62257-9-5 ed2.0 during the upcoming IEC revision process. Our recommended changes are described in this memo. The quality assurance framework and test methods described in IEC/TS 62257-9-5 ed2.0 were originally developed under Lighting Africa and are now used by all of the regional lighting programs: Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia and Lighting MENA. We are gathering feedback fro…