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

…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 people will still be without electricity access in 2030 if grid extension programs progress at their current pace. In Nigeria, the Rural E…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…em capable of delivering a Tier 1 level of service can cost as little 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. Rece…

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

…still has no work – so even that small but essential cost is proving too much. “Much of my income comes from doing menial jobs, but now there are none because of COVID-19. I cannot afford to pay the daily fee. We need help,” she said. ($1 = 107.9000 Kenyan shillings) Reporting by Kagondu Njagi; editing by Jumana Farouky and Megan Rowling. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers the lives of…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…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 off-grid renewable energy. Since the establishment of Lighting Africa in 2009, the precursor to Lighting Global, the number of households without electricity…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…Quality Standards. This fee covers: Sampling for follow up AVM testing ($500). This fee assumes random sampling from the manufacturer warehouse is used for AVM-follow up testing and that shipping to the lab is paid by the manufacturer. If market sampling for AVM-follow up testing is required, additional fees will be charged for procurement and shipping of samples. Second report review and cover letter (this varies by product and will be the sum o…

Virtual Event | From idea to action: Using end-user subsidies to achieve universal energy access

…iving in energy poverty. The off-grid solar sector alone has enabled over 400 million people to purchase affordable renewable energy solutions and is expected to serve a further 600 million people by 2030. Yet, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, research showed that over 230 million people would be too poor to gain basic electricity access. The impacts from COVID-19 are expected to drive an additional 70 million people into extreme poverty – putti…

Fragile and Conflict States

…able, sustainable, and modern energy services for all displaced people by 2030; Evaluating energy conditions in refugee camps to explore opportunities that exist or might be possible for the pico-solar and solar home kit solutions. Refugee camps are substantial, yet mostly untapped markets that, if activated, could benefit both the refugees and the host communities – and allow refugees to lead more self-determined lives; Facilitating private secto…

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…products. Over 42 million quality verified products have been sold since 2009. Since then, about 47 million metric tons of CO2e** have been avoided due to the use of quality verified products. Learn more about our impact. The strength of the Lighting Global program comes from a programmatic approach addressing specific needs across the supply chain. The program toolkit includes: Quality Assurance: In order to protect consumers from poor-quality p…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…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 both. With so many unable to power or afford appliances, a full…

ASSOCIATE SPOTLIGHT | Chinese Company Shenzhen LEMI Breaks Into New Markets

…have been sold to over 30 countries worldwide with sales in excess of 518,000 units, providing reliable energy supply for 5.6 million people with a total of 260,000 MWh electricity generation capacity. “LEMI products have proven to be reliable and durable in our market. From rural to peri-urban and urban residents, our customers have shared their satisfaction with us and continue to refer us to others ,”said Ayo Ademilua, LEMI’s African distribut…