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A Quality Assurance Framework for Solar System Installations at Public Facilities in West Africa

14 November 2017 In The News, Products & Quality Assurance Nigeria

Courtesy of Schatz Energy Resource Center. By Meg Harper The Schatz Center and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE), with support from the World Bank through Lighting Africa, are working collaboratively with government partners in Nigeria and Niger to develop a new approach for the procurement, installation, and long-term maintenance of … Read More

Putting “Last-Mile” Consumers First in Kenya

09 November 2017 Projects Kenya

When her neighbor’s house burned down in a kerosene lamp accident, Risper Onyong’e understood that she had to find an alternative source of lighting. Married with one child, this rice farmer in a small village in Kenya faced the same challenges as her neighbors with no access to the electricity grid. Onyong’e’s family relied on … Read More

Lighting Africa to Support New Regional Program Targeting 19 West African Countries

06 November 2017 Program Information Burkina Faso

Recognizing the key role that off-grid energy sources can play in combating energy poverty, the preparation of a regional off-grid electrification project, funded by the World Bank and supported by Lighting Africa, was announced in Dakar on October 12, 2017, at the ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Forum 2017. The planned Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP) will … Read More

Lighting Africa/Tanzania Launches New Campaign to Promote Solar Lighting and Energy

24 October 2017 Program Information Tanzania

Last week, Lighting Africa announced the launch of a two-year consumer education campaign in Tanzania to promote solar off-grid lighting and energy products in rural communities not connected to the grid. Solar energy and lighting products are seeing increasing demand in Tanzania, a country where most rural households depend on low quality solar lanterns and … Read More

Narrowing the Energy Gap: Mobisol Receives IFC Investment Boost

26 January 2017 Products & Quality Assurance, Program Information Kenya

Less than a quarter of households in Kenya are connected to the national electric grid, but solar energy solutions are narrowing the energy gap. Thirty percent of unconnected households are now using decentralized solar energy solutions – placing it among the countries with the highest rates of off-grid solar usage. This statistic is particularly striking … Read More

Improving the accuracy of our impact reporting through the Multi-Tier Framework

01 November 2016 Products & Quality Assurance, Program Information

Why 59.9 million is equal to 15.8 million Access to modern, reliable energy is crucial to sustainable development. This fact underpins not only the mission of our work – to provide energy access to an additional 250 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 – but has also been codified in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development … Read More

Off-Grid Solar Lighting Up Ethiopia

11 September 2016 Program Information Ethiopia

For the millions of people living in remote rural areas of Ethiopia who lack access to the power grid or cannot afford electricity, solar energy represents an important first step on the energy access ladder. Instead of relying on kerosene, candles, dry cell batteries and other fossil fuel-based sources of power, they can now turn to … Read More

Lighting Africa Featured In African Business Magazine

10 June 2016 In The News

The May 2016 issue of African Business Magazine had a special focus on the “energy revolution” taking place in Africa. One of the articles highlighted the latest Lighting Global Market Trends report, which said that an estimated 35 million people in Africa had gained access to basic energy services since Lighting Africa’s first pilot in … Read More