News Archives 2014

  • Office 200 X2Niwa – Next Energy Products Releases Family of Modular Solar Systems
  • December 19, 2014

    Niwa Solar has released a new line of modular systems, which includes the Office 200 X2, the Home Run 400 X3, and 15 additional systems made up of components in the MSS – Modular Solar Systems product family.  The modular design of these systems allows customers to upgrade to add new lights, batteries and solar… Read More »

  • smqChina’s SMQ Lab Joins Lighting Global Quality Testing Network
  • December 17, 2014

    China’s Shenzhen Academy of Metrology and Quality Inspection (SMQ) has joined the Lighting Global quality assurance laboratory network which upholds quality in the off-grid lighting market. SMQ becomes the 6th laboratory supporting the market development work of the IFC-World Bank energy access program, Lighting Global. Lighting Global’s quality assurance work is coordinated from the Schatz… Read More »

  • ebola-storyThe Role of Solar Lanterns in the Fight Against Ebola
  • December 4, 2014

    With over 21,000 infections and more than 8,000 deaths from the Ebola virus since the beginning of the outbreak in 2014, health care facilities in West Africa are strained beyond capacity.  As overcrowded hospitals and clinics are forced to turn away many of those seeking treatment, the infected spread the disease to those caring for… Read More »

  • Lantern Library charging in front of a school‘Library’ of Solar Lights puts pico-PV in the hands of approximately 55,000 rural Senegalese
  • November 17, 2014

    Students in 58 selected rural schools in Senegal were introduced to a different kind of library — a luminothèque – or library of solar lights, thanks to SunnyMoney’s innovative new Light Library model. These libraries allowed students to borrow solar lanterns, so they, along with their families, could experience first hand the benefits of studying… Read More »

  • Solar Kit LithiumSolarWorks! releases new Solar Kit Lithium
  • November 14, 2014

    SolarWorks! newest product, the Solar Kit Lithium,was recently tested, and met the Lighting Global Quality Standards.This portable solar light offers three brightness levels and a USB cable with connectors for charging up to 10 different mobile phones or other devices.  The Solar Kit Lithium provides over 7 hours of bright light after a single day of… Read More »

  • where-we-workLighting Africa Extends its Footprint across the Continent
  • November 13, 2014

    After a successful pilot phase that enabled more than 28.5 million people across Africa to switch from polluting energy sources such as kerosene to clean, sustainable solar lighting, the joint IFC-World Bank Lighting Africa program has expanded to 10 more countries. Piloted in Kenya and Ghana, Lighting Africa is now operational in Burkina Faso, the… Read More »

  • flowA Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Solar Lights Quality-Verified
  • November 5, 2014

    Lighting Global has developed a step-by-step guide to the process and options for quality verification of modern solar lighting products in accordance with the IEC Technical Specification 62257-9-5. The step-by-step guide is presented in the form of an easy-to-follow flow chart that provides details for the entire quality verification process – from initial engagement with… Read More »

  • Solar Uptake in AfricaSolar Lighting Products Improve Energy Access for 28.5 Million People in Africa
  • October 8, 2014

    More than 28.5 million people across Africa now have access to modern lighting as a result of switching from kerosene lanterns to solar lighting products, according to results from the IFC-World Bank Lighting Africa program. Families not connected to grid electricity in Africa spend some USD 10 billion every year on kerosene to light up their homes.… Read More »

  • Photo Caption: Employees at the assembly plant at work © NiwaNiwa partners with Sun Transfer to Assemble Solar Products in Ethiopia
  • September 30, 2014

      Niwa and SunTransfer have partnered to set up a company that will assemble solar products in Ethiopia. The new venture – STM Solar Technologies Manufacturing S.C. will among other things produce solar lanterns and modular solar home lighting kits. “With the assembling in Ethiopia, we hope to increase value for consumers as well as… Read More »

  • Children on the outskirts of Dakar use a solar-powered reading light to do their homework © Bruno Demeocq/Lighting AfricaIFC-World Bank Study Establishes Significant Climate Benefit of Solar Lighting Products
  • September 24, 2014

    A new research study published by the IFC-World Bank Lighting Global program finds that replacing all kerosene lamps in use with solar lights would reduce the equivalent of 5 percent annual greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, or 12 percent of India’s annual emissions. The study confirms that modern solar lighting products designed for… Read More »

  • Children on the outskirts of Dakar use a solar-powered reading light to do their homework © Bruno Demeocq/Lighting Africa