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

…eiving from its leading investors. Among 31 surveyed, 75% anticipate maintaining or increasing their level of investment into off-grid solar as they are “optimistic about the performance and potential of the OGS sector” and “remain bullish around the impact”. However, these positive signs belie some worrying factors. As in previous years, investment is largely concentrated in a few companies, an effect that has worsened in 2020. Between January –…

BLOG | (Em)powering Farmers in Africa

…land in Sub-Saharan Africa is tilled, ploughed, and weeded manually, resulting in globally low farm yields – while over a quarter of the adult population in the region suffers from food insecurity. Electrical appliances, such as irrigation systems and refrigeration, could increase food production and reduce post-harvest losses – but without electricity and adequate financing options these solutions remain out of reach. Diesel-powered applications…

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

…the cost of such an ambitious project remains prohibitive. Even more daunting would be the cost of operations, as the reality is that some consumers can simply not afford electricity bills, even with very low energy consumption. Therefore, distributed energy, through simple plug-and-play solar devices -solar lanterns and solar home systems (SHS) – constitutes a viable option for energy access. REA estimates that some rural households spend as muc…

Fragile and Conflict States

…’s humanitarian and emergency response system. Our support has included: Joining the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE), a consortium that brings together humanitarian agencies and energy experts to share knowledge and ideas; Drafting key off-grid solar suggestions for the Global Plan of Action (GPA) – a framework recommending accelerated progress toward the vision of safe access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services…

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

…ging renewable energy technologies and (their) dissemination, but also combining mini-grids with solar PV systems,” said Nzioka, adding that the government had removed import duty on solar products. Harriet Lamb, CEO of British climate charity Ashden, has called for investors, governments and philanthropic groups to create a $35-million fund to support community-based clean-energy businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, as customers struggle to p…

BLOG: Public Funding for Off-Grid Solar

…st 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 soon. A solar home system capable o…

Quality Verification Services: New Pricing Fees Explained

ines the fee. Eligibility is based on a strong history of success in maintaining compliance with the 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 ship…

Lighting Global Quality Standards Published in Chinese

…ion of quality solar products in Africa and Asia; and Develop technical training programs, testing centers and curricula to support companies, manufacturers, and engineering students in understanding and meeting quality standards in Shenzhen and throughout Southeast China. Russell Sturm, lead for energy access of the International Finance Corporation signed the agreement along with Ruan Shuangchen, President of SZTU during the signing ceremony in

Lighting Global Associate Spotlight: OffgridSun

…projects all over the world. Our headquarters are in Italy, but the sales network covers most of the Sub-Saharan African countries and Latin America. But with the incredible growth of the photovoltaic sector in the grid connected market, off-grid applications have remained our passion — mostly in our free time! In 2013, we started to offer commercial off-grid solutions under the FuturaSun brand, our mother company. Given the promising results, in

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

…-grid solar units have been sold worldwide and the sector saw $1.5 billion in investments since 2012. With 840 million people still lacking access to electricity, the growth of the off-grid solar industry is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG7) for universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy by 2030. “The off-grid solar industry is instrumental for achieving universal electricity access,” said Ric…