New Products Incorporate Additional Features

18 February 2014 Uncategorized

Three lighting companies have recently released products that meet the off-grid lighting Minimum Quality Standards. These new products come with new features including remote controls, extended warranties and brighter settings offering consumers yet more value for money. Barefoot Power has released its fifth product, a new plug-and-play solar home system, the Connect 600, which is … Read More

Portable Solar Lamp Passes Quality Tests

30 December 2013 Uncategorized

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

New Minimum Quality Standards Become Effective on January 1, 2014

08 November 2013 Uncategorized

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

SunnyMoney Sales Soar to Record Levels

07 November 2013 Uncategorized

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 Brings Fourth Solar Lighting Product to Market

29 October 2013 Uncategorized

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

Database for Barriers to Market Entry for Energy Products

18 October 2013 Uncategorized

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

Minimum Quality Standards Revised to Deliver Better Consumer Value

08 October 2013 Uncategorized

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

04 October 2013 Uncategorized

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

27 September 2013 Uncategorized

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