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…

Greenlight Partners with Angaza to Launch PAYG Consumer Platform

…e. Some are dependent on daily wages that are used to purchase basic necessities including kerosene, mobile phone airtime and food in small increments. We needed to find an alternative to up-front payments that fit this purchasing pattern,” says Anish Thakkar, CEO and co-founder of Greenlight Planet. Greenlight Planet begun piloting the Sun King™ Eco Easy Buy lights using the PAYG model in January 2015. According to Lesley Silverthorn Marincola, C…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Case for Quality Products

…arket is characterized by products with varying levels of quality and durability. Some are designed and manufactured well, while others fall short of expectations for safety, durability, and performance. By focusing on quality, purchasers, program administrators, investors, government officials, and other procurers of solar energy systems can help build a competitive global market where high-performing products are the default option. Lighting Glo…

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…

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…