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BIMAS Kenya Ltd recognized among Top Companies in Kenya

04 February 2018 Program Information Kenya

Microfinance institution and Lighting Africa/Kenya client BIMAS Kenya Ltd was recently recognized as one of the top 100 medium-sized companies in Kenya. This is the second time that the MFI entered the competition, making a significant jump from position 98 in 2011, to position 37 this year. The MFI works with the Lighting Africa/Kenya program … Read More

Sierra Leone to benefit from US$200 million electrification project

01 December 2017 In The News, Program Information Burkina Faso

Sierra Leone is among nineteen countries in West Africa that will benefit from a regional off-grid electrification project that will provide beneficiary countries with needed support to foster a sustainable and scalable off-grid solar energy market to meet the electrification needs of its unserved populations under the Lighting Africa Program, supported by the World Bank … Read More

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