BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…tle as $100, with the costs borne by the end-user over time through pay-as-you-go consumer financing. As a ‘plug & play’ product, it can be quickly distributed and installed by the customer. Grid connections delivering Tier 3-5 access, in contrast, cost governments anywhere from $370 to $1500 or more per connection, take years to complete, and require professional installation. Recent Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) surveys suggest off-grid solutions a…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…erstand and trust the benefits this technology brings, while manufacturers can tap into existing distribution streams. Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) models are already being adapted and piloted for the more expensive PULSE appliances, while asset leasing, guarantor loan structures and specialist agricultural credit facilities are starting to expand access to financing for PULSE, even as on-going R&D efforts are seeking to bring costs down. Nonetheless, in…

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

…ir mobile phones charged to call us. This is how having a solar unit which can supply power all day and night can save lives,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In early May, Kenya suffered a nationwide blackout that lasted about six hours, and the following month, more than 20 counties lost electricity for about 10 hours. Bernard Ngugi, managing director of the Kenya Power and Lighting Company, told reporters in June that the blackouts wer…

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

…, 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 welcomed more than 1200 participants today. The…

Fragile and Conflict States

…hey may cause aid dependency. Deployment of cheaper, poor-quality products can undermine consumer confidence, resulting in market spoilage. A negative first impression of stand-alone solar products can irreparably damage the market for high quality pico-solar products and SHS kits. In the humanitarian aid context, products are often resold inside and outside the camps or the distribution areas. The influx of poor-quality products (usually at lower…

Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGo)

…most known companies in the off-grid lighting industry. Using these tools, your team can uncover insights into how assumptions, hidden costs, and other variables in business models can have substantial impact on unit, country and corporate profitability. Learn more about our toolkit RSVP for upcoming workshops PAYGo MARKET ATTRACTIVENESS INDEX Lighting Global recently published the PAYGo Market Attractiveness Index — a decade’s worth of high-quali…

Get Your Products Quality Verified

…the laboratories, and reviews every test report before it is delivered to you. Learn how your products compare to your competitors’ products. For each product that meets the quality standards, VeraSol provides a confidential benchmarking analysis that compares your product to other quality-verified products along with a number of dimensions. Get help bringing your products into compliance with the quality standards. If your product does not meet…

Webinar | Marketplace Webinar for Powering Healthcare Solutions

…: https://seforall.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zM_VHGHWSuyl1dMY5J2BKA Once you submit your registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar. Catalogue of solutions Following this SEforALL-organized Marketplace Webinar, SEforALL and ESMAP/World Bank will launch and routinely update an extended digital catalogue of solutions that have been developed to address the energy access gap in the health sector…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…varies from the originally included components. If a product has, a Pay As You Go (PAYG) and non-PAYG version that require additional testing, one shall be treated as an additional component to the original product. Information about PAYG testing is available in the Quality Assurance for Pay As You Go (PAYG) Energy Systems Policy on the VeraSol website. Additional Fees per New Product Family This fee applies when a new product family is created. T…

The Case for Quality Products

…d by VeraSol to the Lighting Global Quality Standards or IEC TS 62257-9-8, you can: Increase the impact and cost-effectiveness of market development programs by aligning with widely recognized international standards. The quality standards in IEC TS 62257-9-8 are built upon widely- accepted IEC test methods and backed by a global network of labs capable of testing to these methods. Be confident that products will perform as advertised and meet con…