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

…e devastating. There is however an opportunity for governments, private sector actors, other stakeholders and the people themselves to explore decent alternative sources of energy that not only deliver on basic needs but also support the habitability of the earth for generations yet unborn. In an ideal world, everyone ought to have access to electricity. But our world is less than ideal and energy access is expensive. While the government apprecia…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…id access achievements. Public funding is needed, both on and off-grid, in order to achieve universal access. On grid, it is widely accepted that public funding is needed to support generation, transmission, distribution, or tariffs. Off-grid in contrast, there is often an expectation that the private sector can achieve electrification on its own. Despite impressive growth and investment, profitability has proven elusive for many companies and ove…

IEC adopts Lighting Global Quality Standards

…rogrammes benefitting millions of end-users of off-grid solar products and to the sector more broadly.” As a result of standardization through the IEC, a few changes have been made to the initial specification regarding the requirements for performance reporting, ports and batteries as well as to health and safety. Boosting an emerging market Because the market for off-grid, renewable energy products is embryonic, international standards can provi…

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

…being done by the company to replace damaged power lines or to upgrade the network to connect new customers. SLOW START Wanja had hoped to be one of them. She applied for an electricity connection in 2016, but local officials said her application was turned down because she lived too far from the main road. Worried the kerosene lamps she used for lighting could cause a fire or the toxic fumes would harm her children’s health, she decided to put so…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

…ut is not limited to, research and documentation of a product’s testing history to be included in the Type Approval/Verification Letter for the product. Accelerated Verification Method (AVM) Accelerated Verification Testing is an optional alternative pathway for quality certification that is designed to be faster than the standard Quality Test Method. The type of product and number of components determines the fee. Eligibility is based on a strong…

About

…health, hazardous and polluting. They resign the poorest people on the planet to a life of energy poverty, which constrains economic development and impedes access to education, livelihood development, health, and basic services including communications, water, and transport. Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s initiative to rapidly increase access to off-grid solar energy for the 789 million people living without electricity world-wide. Li…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…n as on-going R&D efforts are seeking to bring costs down. Nonetheless, in order to maximize the impact of PULSE, and help governments achieve ambitious agricultural transformation initiatives and enhance the livelihood and food security of millions, a concerted effort will be needed to bring together the off-grid energy and agricultural sector, as recommended in the report. Off-grid energy access efforts have long endeavoured to continually expan…

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

…itional boost of up to $11 billion in financing. More specifically, the sector would need to grow at an accelerated rate of 13 percent, with up to $7.7 billion in external investment to companies and up to $3.4 billion of public funding to bridge the affordability gap. “Only by crowding in commercial finance at scale can we reach the target of achieving universal access by 2030,” said Paulo de Bolle, Sr Director, Global Financial Institutions Grou…

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

…for their products, even when it costs them more to reach and service a customer. To achieve energy access goals, these solutions must be both continued and expanded. However, to fully bridge the affordability gap, end-user subsidies that directly reduce energy costs for very low-income households, are needed. Examples include direct cash transfer, voucher schemes or RBF schemes that specifically enable or mandate that companies reduce product cos…

2020 H1 SALES REPORT | COVID-19 Drives 26% Drop in Sales

…fficient fans dropped by 54% when compared to January – June 2019. This is linked to the more severe drop in sales seen in their main market, South Asia. Investment Impact When looking at investment, the first part of 2020 saw $198 million in commitments by 31st August – comparable to the rate of investment seen last year. Even more encouraging is the support the sector is still receiving from its leading investors. Among 31 surveyed, 75% anticipa…