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Press Release: World Bank Provides Over $200 Million to Help Increase Access to Electricity in West Africa and the Sahel Region

23 April 2019 Uncategorized

The Board of the World Bank Group approved on April 17, 2019 the Regional Off-Grid Electrification Project (ROGEP), which includes $150 million in the form of credit and grant from the International Development Association (IDA)* and $74.7 million contingent recovery grant from the Clean Technology Fund to help the West African Development Bank and ECOWAS’ Center … Read More

Off-Grid Energy Has Key Role in Kenya’s New Electrification Strategy

21 December 2018 In The News, Projects Kenya

Off-Grid energy’s tremendous impacts – and potential for more – have been recognized in the newly launched (December 2018) Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES). KNES lays out a strategy for achieving universal electricity access for all Kenyans by 2022, which includes grid extension as well as off-grid solutions. The strategy, which was prepared with support … Read More

New Video: The Solar Story, Lighting Africa in Kenya

30 November 2018 Program Information Kenya

In 2009, IFC/World Bank launched the Lighting Africa program in Kenya, with an objective of mobilizing the private sector to create markets for clean and affordable off-grid lighting products for rural communities not connected to the grid. At the time, Kenya had a national grid access rate of twenty-three percent, and only five percent connections … Read More

Lighting Africa/Tanzania leads the way in Pico PV standards awareness

30 April 2018 In The News, Products & Quality Assurance Tanzania

In September 2017, with support from the World Bank Group, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) officially adopted the Lighting Global Quality Standards for Pico solar products as mandatory standards for all imported solar Pico products in Tanzania. These standards include benchmarks for product quality, warranties, and performance reporting requirements. In order to pave way … Read More

Une ligne de crédit de 7 millions de dollars US pour l’électricité solaire hors réseau va être lancée au Niger

05 March 2018 Program Information, Projects Niger

Le 6 mars, le gouvernement du Niger annoncera le lancement officiel d’une ligne de crédit de 7 millions de dollars visant à stimuler le développement d’un marché des Kits Solaires Domestiques (KSD) pour les produits répondant aux normes de qualité reconnues par le programme Lighting Global ainsi que pour des systèmes de pompage solaire de … Read More