Our Impact

Program Impact as of June 2017

Overall Impact
People in Africa who are currently meeting their basic electricity needs through off-grid solar products meeting Lighting Global Quality Standards
Quality-verified solar lighting products sold through local distributorships in Africa since 2009


Metric Tons of GHGs avoided in Africa; the CO2–equivalent of taking 750,316 cars off the road for a year
Access to Finance (as of July 2016)
$20m Foreign exchange credit facility established by the Development Bank of Ethiopia with World Bank funds to support import of qualifying products, including quality-verified solar lanterns
1,000,000 Ethiopians gained access to modern energy services through this credit facility
800,000 Quality-verified products imported into Ethiopia through this credit facility
11 MFIs (4 in Kenya, 5 in Ethiopia, 2 in Nigeria), and KIVA – the crowd-funding platform, providing consumers micro-loans for quality-verified off-grid lighting and energy products
Market Intelligence
34 Market Insight reports published, facilitating entry into new markets or mobilization of investors
3 Market Trends reports published, analyzing the off-grid products market across Africa, including the 2016 BNEF/WBG Global Off-Grid Solar Market Trends Report
Quality Standards
Global Lighting Global Quality Standards adopted as international standard for solar lighting products by the International Electrotechnical Commission as IEC Tech Spec 62257-9-5
255 Solar lighting and energy products tested against the Lighting Global Quality Standards to date
101 Solar lighting and energy products (10W – 100W) currently meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards
Partnering with Governments
8 Countries integrated Lighting Africa activities into their World Bank-financed energy access projects: Burkina Faso, Mali, Liberia, DRC, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Rwanda.
3 National governments (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania) and ECOWAS have or are in the process of adopting national standards for off-grid solar products that are harmonized with Lighting Global Quality Standards
1 Institution, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) requires solar lighting products to meet IEC Technical Specification 62257-9-5 to qualify for carbon financing (CDM).

Note: Lighting Africa has contributed towards these results through its market development activities implemented in collaboration with various intermediaries across the supply chain, development partners and financial institutions; most importantly, in conjunction with manufacturers of solar lighting products and their distribution partners in Africa.  

1 ‘Basic electricity needs’ are defined according to the Multi-Tier Framework (MTF) as providing light for at least 1,000 lumen-hours (lmhr) / day and sufficient energy to keep a well-used mobile phone operational. This result is based on products sold in the last 3 years only. Some of these users also enjoy additional energy services such as multiple light points or the ability to power a TV or a fan. We previously reported our impacts using a calculation favored by many in the industry: number of products sold x 5 (ave. household size), which would give a result of 74,371,320 people with access to a quality verified solar light.