Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…product or its advertising. Upgrade Existing Certification to IEC TS 62257-9-8 Assessing a product or family that already meets the Lighting Global Quality Standards to determine if it also meets the requirements of IEC TS 62257-9-8 will require at a minimum some additional testing of any PV modules, review of additional documentation and review of the product packaging and user manual. Pricing for this service will be calculated as follows: the

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

…ergy access a front-burner issue. Lighting Africa studies indicate that low-income households in Africa spend up to $17 billion annually on expensive but low-quality, unsafe lighting alternatives. Today, close to 600 million people in Africa are without access to electricity. This number represents 60 percent of the world’s 789 million people who do not have any access to electricity. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 530 million…

The Future of Lighting Global

…than a decade, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global program has been at the forefront of the drive to expand access to modern solar energy services for people living without reliable grid electricity. Through Lighting Global, IFC and the World Bank have partnered to accelerate the development of the off-grid solar market, now reaching nearly 40 countries throughout Asia, Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas. IFC has worked closely with i…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…ndards became an official IEC Technical Specification known as IEC TS 62257-9-8. IEC TS 62257-9-8 sets the baseline requirements for the quality, durability and advertising accuracy for stand-alone renewable energy products with the aim of protecting consumers. The evaluation of these requirements is based on the test methods defined in IEC TS 62257-9-5. Both of these publications are part of the IEC 62257 series which focus on rural electrificati…

BLOG | How a New Set of Metrics Is Poised to Transform PAYGo Solar

…nes to bring connectivity to even the most remote corners of the globe, pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar has been hailed as a breakthrough solution — bringing clean, reliable electricity to an estimated 280 million people while expanding access to financial services. This innovative approach to off-grid electrification is helping low-income customers around the globe to save money, earn more income and enjoy improved health, safety and overall life qua…

The Chinese Edition of IEC Standards Released

…ith power ratings less than or equal to 350 Watts is released. IEC/TS 62257-9-8:2020 is the second IEC document for renewable energy products to be released in Chinese language (with IEC/TS 62257-9-5:2018 being the first in October 2019). “The publication of Chinese editions of the international standards will play a positive role in further promoting the use of IEC off-grid quality standards in China and align manufacturers with the regulatory re…

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

…id solar ecosystem, driving expansion, creating local jobs and reaching low-income customers. Support for enterprises working throughout the sector, with the right type of capital, is crucial. Energy Access Impact Perhaps most concerning, though, is the effect of a slowdown in growth on energy access and other development impacts. Naturally, with less products sold, fewer families are accessing clean, safe electricity and more households are left…

Path to Profitability

…g blocks for sustained 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. In response to this growing concern, Lighting Global presents a different kind of approach to address the profitability challenge facing off-grid solar businesses, for both retail models and Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo). This new effort inclu…

PRESS RELEASE | 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report

…2012, GOGLA now represents over 170 members as a neutral, independent, not-for-profit industry association. Its mission is to help its members build sustainable markets, delivering quality, affordable products and services to as many households, businesses and communities as possible across the developing world. The products and solutions that GOGLA members sell transform lives. They improve health and education, create jobs and income opportunit…

Fragile and Conflict States

…standards, key procurement considerations, and a step-by-step guide to bulk-ordering. Users of bulk-procured off-grid energy kits generally do not have the option to select the devices purchased on their behalf. Aid organizations, therefore, have a responsibility to procure high quality products that meet the needs of their programs’ beneficiaries. By procuring products that meet Lighting Global Quality Standards, aid organizations can have confid…