Associate Services

The Lighting Global program and its regional affiliate programs – Lighting Africa and Lighting Asia – all work to build markets capable of bringing high quality, affordable modern off-grid lighting products to off-grid consumers. Supporting client companies to expand markets for their quality-verified products is a cornerstone of this work.
Client companies become our Program Associates after one or more of their products meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards and the company passes our due diligence screening.
There are two categories of Associates: developers/manufacturers of products that have met the Lighting Global Quality Standards, and distributors of these products. Associates receive global and country-based Associate Services including privileged access to market intelligence reports, business to business linkages, facilitation of access to finance, participation in consumer education campaigns and general business development support.
Visit our product testing pathway to learn more about submitting products for quality verification, and how to become a Program Associate.

Solar Sister is the world’s leading social enterprise in eradicating energy poverty by empowering women with economic opportunity. Solar Sister has created a deliberately woman-centered direct sales network to bring the breakthrough potential of solar and clean cooking technologies to communities across Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. Solar Sister’s last mile distribution model deliberately taps into the power of women to deliver clean energy access directly to the customer’s door, be it rural homes, health clinics, schools or small businesses. At the heart of Solar Sister is the belief that women must be a part of building a sustainable and equitable future for all. Their network of over 2,200 clean energy entrepreneurs has brought the life transforming benefits of solar solutions to over 700,000 beneficiaries across rural Africa.

SOLARKIOSK enables and empowers the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products and sustainable solutions. Intertwining an award-winning technology solution with an inclusive business model, SOLARKIOSK fosters local entrepreneurship at the BoP. The first SOLARKIOSK project was successfully implemented in 2012. Since then, SOLARKIOSK has established six country subsidiaries and is involved with projects on three continents.

SunnyMoney is an award winning social enterprise and the largest distributor of affordable, portable and high quality solar lights in rural Africa. Owned by U.K. based international charity, SolarAid, we believe that the best way to tackle poverty and climate change is through a mix of charity and business. Through integrated programmes in schools and independent entrepreneurs we strive to reach the over 600 million using expensive, toxic and polluting sources of light like kerosene. We have operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia. Our goal is to eradicate the kerosene lamp from Africa by 2020.

Energy is a basic necessity and an essential driver of development, yet 1.2 billion people worldwide still lack access to electricity. To promote the emergence of new solutions in this area, Total introduced the Total Access to Energy program to develop innovative, economically viable solutions to improve access to energy for low-income communities in developing countries. Thanks to our strong field presence with service station networks and through innovative partnerships, we distribute top quality solar powered individual solutions and Solar Home Systems in 40 countries. Almost 2 million solar solutions have been sold since 2011, and our ambition is to impact 25 million people in Africa by 2020.

SolarWorks! is a Dutch based company operational since 2008 with offices in The Netherlands, South Africa, Mozambique, and Malawi. SolarWorks! developed one of the markets most advanced solar product ranges. Its products were among the first to be certified by Lighting Global and more than 100,000 have been sold in over 10 African countries. Over the years, SolarWorks! started focusing more and more on the distribution side of the business, and it now operates its own paygo distribution businesses in Mozambique and Malawi, employing over 200 local staff.

AG Energies is a renewable energy company that provides sustainable and affordable clean energy solutions for households and businesses in Tanzania. We design and distributes plug and play solar home systems ranging from 5 to 5,000 watts and both productive use and home appliances. Our products, services and business model empower communities socially and economically. AG Energies is a Tanzanian company with headquarters in Dar es salaam, and branches in Mwanza, Mbeya, Arusha and Lindi.