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…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…xist 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 additional fees as defined below Additional Fees per Solar Home System (SHS) Kit SHS kits are defined as those with a PV module of greater than 10 W. This additional fee, charged per SHS kit to be tested under a…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…rs to complete, and require professional installation. Recent Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) surveys suggest off-grid solutions also help to address equity issues, since they mostly benefit lower income consumers, whilst grid extension mostly benefits those with higher incomes. Government attitudes towards off-grid solar are changing. Grid infrastructure is highly visible, and the opening of a new power plant or transmission line offers governments a…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…ainable 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 Global works to bring sustainable and affordable electricity to homes using o…

Path to Profitability

PATH TO PROFITABILITY Path to Profitability (P2P) is a unique framework and methodology designed by IFC’s Lighting Global for off-grid solar firms operating in emerging markets. This new framework offers a different approach to examine and critique unit-level economics as the core building block of the business. P2P allows off-grid solar firms to evaluate and benchmark pricing, margins, and cost structures that support a firm’s pathway toward pro…

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

…re increasingly important – even for families connected to the grid, said Pamela Mukami Njeru, a community health volunteer in the central Mt. Kenya region. One in four Kenyans – mostly in rural areas – do not have access to electricity. Those who do face high costs and frequent blackouts due to an unreliable supply. As cases of the novel coronavirus continue to climb in Kenya, the lack of reliable power can be a matter of life and death, said Nje…

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…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…ery 10% increase in farm yield has led to a 7% decrease in poverty in Africa. PULSE appliances can also help to cushion against shocks resulting from climate change and market-price fluctuations. Given the scope of the opportunity these products bring, a rapidly growing market amongst farmers eager to reap the benefits is already emerging across sub-Saharan Africa – even as many products are still in the pilot stage. A new report from the World Ba…

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…

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

…y that remains going forward,” said Koen Peters, Executive Director of GOGLA. “The Market Trends Report shares details on where we stand, and where we should be heading next.” The report summary of the biennial flagship report, which is published by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program and the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), was released in Nairobi at the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo where President Uhuru Kenyatta w…