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…

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…

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…

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…

COVID-19 Resources

…NDUSTRIES, DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS AND CONSULTING AGENCIES ARE ATTEMPTING TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF COVID-19. OFF-GRID INDUSTRY INSIGHTS COVID-19 Energy Relief Response: The latest information from SIMA Funds about the industry-wide response dedicated to maintaining the sector’s progress in providing energy access Blog, Koen Peters: COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales H1 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report Power Africa “Best Practices” for Off-gr…

Webinar | Marketplace Webinar for Powering Healthcare Solutions

As part of its Powering Healthcare initiative, Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) is pleased to invite you to a Marketplace Webinar for Powering Healthcare Solutions on Wednesday, 8 July at 9 am EDT / 15:00 CEST, in support of the energy sector’s COVID-19 response. This virtual event is part of a series of webinars that SEforALL is organizing in the upcoming months, to share best practices and to provide a platform for practical and rapidly d…

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…

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…

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…