News Archives 2013

  • indiaPortable Solar Lamp Passes Quality Tests
  • December 30, 2013

    An award-winning portable solar lamp, the SUNLITE JS30-MOB, has been successfully tested and meets the rigorous Lighting Global Minimum Quality Standards. The lamp is the product of a socially driven manufacturer, India Impex (SUNLITE), which joins a growing number of companies committed to developing and marketing high quality lighting products for families in Africa and… Read More »

  • standardsNew Minimum Quality Standards Become Effective on January 1, 2014
  • November 8, 2013

    The updated Lighting Global Minimum Quality Standards for off-grid lighting products go into effect on January 1, 2014. However, existing products tested under the current standards will retain their “passed” status until their test results expire. The Minimum Quality Standards for LED-based off-grid lighting products have been updated with major changes in recent months in… Read More »

  • sunnySunnyMoney Sales Soar to Record Levels
  • November 7, 2013

    At least One Solar Lantern Sold Every Minute in Past 12 Months Leading distributor of clean affordable lights in Africa, SunnyMoney, sold one solar light every minute in Africa in the last 12 months, data just in shows. The social enterprise’s CEO Steve Andrews says SunnyMoney managed to sell 532,368 lights in the 12 months… Read More »

  • Schneider Electric In-Diya 2: LED Solar Home Lighting System (2.5W)Schneider Electric Brings Fourth Solar Lighting Product to Market
  • October 29, 2013

    Schneider Electric has successfully tested a fourth solar lighting product which after a day of solar charging, provides bright lighting for up to 13 hours daily. This light, the In-Diya 2 LED Solar Home Lighting System, boasts the longest run time of the four Schneider Electric off-grid lighting products so far tested by Lighting Global. It has… Read More »

  • join_usDatabase for Barriers to Market Entry for Energy Products
  • October 18, 2013

    The United Nations Foundation is creating an Import Tariff and Barriers to Entry Database as a consolidated effort in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the World Bank Group, to provide a comprehensive overview of import duties and barriers to entry for sustainable energy products at the country level. The database addresses the common struggle… Read More »

  • ab0_7365-resMinimum Quality Standards Revised to Deliver Better Consumer Value
  • October 8, 2013

    The Minimum Quality Standards for off-grid lighting products have been revised to encourage production of higher quality, safer products that better serve and protect consumers. The revised quality standards, which come into effect in January 2014, ban the use on batteries containing cadmium or mercury in line with an EU ban on the use of… Read More »

  • IEC, World Bank and UN Foundation announce rural electrification support for developing countries
  • October 4, 2013

    The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Foundation have announced a cooperative agreement that will enable developing countries access important technical documents that support rural electrification, at specially discounted prices. The documents include the Quality Assurance Framework for solar powered off-grid lighting products, which has been used by the… Read More »

  • Preventing Electronic Corrosion in Solar Lights
  • September 27, 2013

    Lighting Global has published the 14th issue of the Technical Briefing Notes titled “Protection from the Elements Part III: Corrosion of Electronics“. This is the third article in a four-part series examining the environmental durability of pico-powered lighting products. The article describes the chemical processes and environmental mechanisms of electronic corrosion in a solar lighting… Read More »

  • Help Define the Future of Lighting Africa
  • September 18, 2013

    For the past five years, the Lighting Africa program has been working to develop markets for affordable off-grid lighting in Africa. We are now looking to expand the program to another four countries. As a member of the off-grid lighting community, we value your feedback that will inform the design and shape of the next… Read More »

  • Two new portable solar lights meet quality standards
  • September 16, 2013

    Two new solar lighting products have passed the rigorous Lighting Global quality tests and meet the recommended performance targets. The new entrants will increase the market share of high performing quality-verified lighting products retailing in Africa. The just released Lighting Africa Market Trends Report 2012 shows that more and more manufacturers are now bringing to market products… Read More »