News Archives 2011

  • University of Nairobi conducts first low cost tests for solar lamps
  • December 31, 2011

    Importers and local distributors  in East Africa are closer to getting a  source of testing solar lanterns destined for their markets as the University of Nairobi opened a laboratory to test solar portable lights, using Lighting Africa initial screening method. From February 2011, the laboratory will conduct the tests as a commercial service. This is… Read More »

  • Uganda student uses off-grid lighting for phone charging business, boasting earnings and higher marks in school
  • December 15, 2011

    Story adapted with the permission of Barefoot Power         There is now reason to pass my exams.” –Bakole   Bakole is a Primary seven pupil at the Ojuku Primary school, in the Maracha-terego District of Aii-Vuu Sub-County, Uganda.  With the help of his Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA),Bakole was able to purchase a… Read More »

  • Lighting Africa opens the path for carbon financing
  • December 1, 2011

    The United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board just approved an update to the methodology for crediting emissions reductions from clean off-grid lighting, bringing it  into close alignment with Lighting Africa’s quality assurance framework. Under the updated framework, products that meet Lighting Africa Minimum Quality Standards and Recommended Performance Targets based on test results… Read More »

  • New energy policy in the making in Kenya
  • November 30, 2011

    Lighting Africa facilitated the Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) stakeholder deliberations on the Kenyan draft National Energy Policy, on 29 November in Nairobi. Key stakeholders in the energy sector, such as KEREA, the Energy Regulatory Commission, the Kenyan Investment Authority, GIZ, Carbon Africa, UNIDO and the Independent Power Producers met to make comments on the… Read More »

  • Better light for more people
  • November 14, 2011

    Nearly 600 million people in Africa – about 70 percent of the population – lack electricity and rely on expensive and polluting lighting sources such as kerosene lamps and candles. Thanks to Lighting Africa, close to 1.5 million people have cleaner, safer, better lighting. With the population growth fast outdoing the electrical grid expansion, many… Read More »

  • Off-Grid Lighting Sector in Africa Shows Positive Growth
  • October 26, 2011

    450% growth in sales in 2011 over 2010… Consumers are better equipped to make buying decisions in today’s market. Lighting Africa’s consumer education campaign, which works to generate consumer awareness around the benefits of clean and affordable off-grid lighting, has now reached 11 million people in rural Kenya and 675,000 people in Ghana. The campaign… Read More »

  • SOLUX brings solar light to pregnant mothers and AIDS orphans in Uganda
  • October 25, 2011

    The Adult Education College in Bad Alexandersbad, Germany has partnered with two Ugandan communities to bring solar light to community projects. The first of these partnerships is a small community run maternity clinic in unelectrified Kanungu–newly equipped with 11 Solux solar portable lamps.  A group of 24 women called Kihanda Women for Development established a… Read More »

  • New report: African Women Stand to Gain from Modern Off-Grid Lighting
  • October 6, 2011

    A new report from the joint IFC/World Bank Lighting Africa Program finds that women in Africa are both important beneficiaries and key facilitators of the modern off-grid lighting revolution. Affordable products utilizing technologies like micro-solar power and LEDs can replace fuel-based lighting—enabling women and men to save money, reduce indoor pollution, and operate their small… Read More »

  • Lighting Africa releases new video: Modern lighting for Africas development
  • September 21, 2011

    This video shows how un-electrified low income households and small businesses in rural Kenya have switched from kerosene lamps to portable solar lanterns, and what benefits clean, modern lighting has brought them. Video

  • Innovative Rural Employers Keep Pace with Employee Needs
  • August 11, 2011

    “I was buying a full jerry can [of kerosene] costing Ksh 600/- ($ 6.40) for my father and mum every month, only for them to see.  Then my brother’s children were coming to my mother’s house to study,” said Rebecca Muthiani, employee of Tambuzi Farm in Nanyuki, Kenya whose income supports a large extended family. … Read More »