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

…eached over 70 million people Access to energy – or the lack of it – significantly impacts an individual’s ability to live above the poverty line. Basic needs such as food, housing, shelter, education, and finance are all adversely impacted by energy poverty and its limitations on a community. Energy poverty makes people rely on expensive, hazardous, and polluting sources of lighting such as candles, kerosene lanterns, and dry cell battery torches…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…solar represents the fastest and most cost-effective way to reach a significant proportion of the population. In many countries, off-grid solar is playing a vital role in providing a basic level of service . For example in Ethiopia, 25% of those with access – around 12 million people – are connected through off-grid solar. These solutions provide backup for unreliable grid connections and access to those unlikely to be served by the grid any time…

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

to push that up to more than 7% by 2030, the report added. The researchers linked the slow uptake of solar energy to high investment costs in recent years, noting that upfront costs involved in generating one kilowatt of energy from solar were more than three times as much as those for hydropower. “We have the solutions and we have the technologies. But the important thing is up-scaling these so that renewable energy generation can become cheaper…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…n of standards by many countries because governments trust IEC standards.” Itotia Njagi, head of Lighting Global, concurs, “The Lighting Global team submitted the document to the IEC to facilitate a harmonized adoption of the standards by governments. Governments are very comfortable adopting IEC standards, so we knew that publication of our standards as IEC 62257-9-8 would enable widespread use across several countries and programmes benefitting…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…re By Jennifer Lynch, Lighting Global Communications Lead This story was originally published on the World Bank Energy website.   Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa still don’t have access to grid electricity, and hundreds of millions more live with unreliable connections, plagued by frequent black-outs. The majority of these off-grid households are in rural areas, and depend on agricultural activities – for sustenance, or income, or…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…et entry base fee for new customers submitting their first product for certification Sampling (per event, could vary by location) Samples required for testing are selected by a party appointed by CLASP following the procedure laid out in the Product Sampling Policy. The cost per sampling event is $450. Therefore, if multiple sampling events are scheduled to take place under one agreement, each sampling event is charged accordingly. Additional samp…

Fragile and Conflict States

Local entrepreneurs sell Lighting Global Quality Verified products in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lighting Global work in Fragile and Conflict States The World Bank Group has had a long history of supporting disaster and crisis response, including supporting internally displaced populations and governments that host large refugee communities. Today’s humanitarian emergencies are very different from past crises: displaced populations are growing, budgets…

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

…ces and back-up systems. “This report is another confirmation of the significant impact off-grid solar has already achieved, and the massive opportunity 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…

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo)

…his work centers on carving out the retail / branch level unit as the last link in the value chain (unit level P&L), and performing economic analysis that considers rural distribution limitations, PAYGo considerations, and penetration challenges that are often overlooked in traditional models. Our advisory services include a workbook, practical guide, workshops, one-on-one consultations, and in-country performance assessments that have helped guid…

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…access to electricity – down from 1.2 billion in 2010. Despite this significant progress, under current and planned policies, an estimated 620 million people will remain without access in 2030, 85 percent of them in sub-Saharan Africa. The majority of those living without modern energy services rely on kerosene, candles, battery torches, or other fossil fuel-powered technologies for lighting. These traditional solutions are expensive, harmful to