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

…ncy financing for on-lending to end-users, and the lack of working capital to buy stock. However, governments may struggle with attribution of impact and financing facilities may have low visibility, if concerted efforts are not made to measure and communicate impact. Demand side subsidies, which reduce end-user prices,are needed to reach the poorest customers or most remote areas that cannot be reached through more commercial approaches. Whilst l…

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

…photovoltaic (PV) unit she purchased in January means she no longer needs to buy kerosene for lamplight. And she can also help others in her area who are without electricity, either because of faults on power lines around the country due to heavy rains since March or because they could not pay their bills after losing their jobs during the pandemic. “My neighbours who are experiencing blackouts now come to me so that I can charge their phones for…

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…

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…

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…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

…means that even the up-front cost of a solar lantern remains unaffordable to many, to say nothing of something as transformative – and relatively expensive – as a solar water pump. Enabling access to finance and increasing affordability will be key in ensuring PULSE appliances reach those that need them most. Since kicking of its first pilot project in Kenya in 2009, creating avenues to finance has been a key pillar of Lighting Africa’s work in b…

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…