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

…battery torches. It exposes consumers to dangerous fumes that cause respiratory tract infections and other negative health impacts. It also hinders the ability of medical personnel to deliver quality health services in rural areas. Often, critical surgical and childbirth procedures have to be carried out using mobile phone torchlight or, worse, kerosene lanterns. Spending on reoccurring fuel costs for these types of lighting also leaves a huge ho…

The Future of Lighting Global

…the off-grid solar market, now reaching nearly 40 countries throughout Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas. IFC has worked closely with industry and local stakeholders to build the market, while the World Bank supports governments in building the policy enabling environments and access to finance facilities that establish the foundation for the market’s continued growth. While the broad strokes of our approach have remained the same…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…ting agreement. The testing of a pico product includes the testing of one main unit, one PV module, and one unique type of light point. A type of light point is one for which multiple identical components can exist in a single product, and for which the design and engineering is the same across these components. Additional differently designed main units, PV modules, and loads (either with or without batteries) undergoing testing will be charged a…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…Miller, Lighting Global consultant As energy access has risen up the agenda, so has the off-grid solar sector. More and more governments are exploring how public funding can be deployed to achieve energy access through off-grid solar solutions. Countries across Africa and Asia such as Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya and Rwanda have launched ambitious, integrated electrification plans targeting universal access by 2030 or before, using a combination of…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…but without electricity and adequate financing options these solutions remain out of reach. Diesel-powered applications are used by some mid-sized and larger off-grid farms, but these appliances are typically not sized for small-scale farmers, and have other drawbacks including high pollution levels and high recurring costs. Fortunately, a new slate of agricultural appliances suitable for small-holder farmers are now emerging in Africa — powered…

2020 H1 SALES REPORT | COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales

COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales, Slowing Energy Access but Investors Remain Positive about Industry Performance By Koen Peters, Executive Director and Silvia Francioso, Database Specialist for GOGLA This post originally appeared on the GOGLA blog During the COVID-19 crisis, the off-grid solar (OGS) industry demonstrated its importance in providing essential energy access for millions of households and businesses in developing countries. Like al…

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

…become essential to her and her neighbours in Gakunga village, central Kenya, during the coronavirus pandemic. Wanja, a 48-year-old farm worker, said she had not made any money 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 line…

Fragile and Conflict States

without electricity, or serve as a backup in case of power outages or generators that fail or have or run out of fuel. Lighting Global works to raise awareness among relief organizations and governments on the importance of sustainable, portable, and reliable energy access in situations of crisis. Today, many off-grid energy kits are capable of providing not only lighting, but also mobile phone charging, both essential for protection, education, e…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…able and reliable energy is a basic need. Not only is it one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) established by the United Nations in its framework for building a better world by 2030, but also a vital tool for achieving all SDGs. Yet, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global estimates that over 700 million people worldwide lack access to electricity while a further 789 million people do not have reliable access to electricity. Lighting Gl…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…off-grid quality standards in China and align manufacturers with the regulatory requirements in a growing number of countries in Sub Saharan Africa and Asia,” said Itotia Njagi, head of IFC’s Lighting Global program. “These standards will help Chinese manufacturers produce products that meet international standards and by extension accelerate the growth of off-grid markets that are yearning for energy solutions that meet their unique needs,” he s…