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Bringing Light and Energy to the World’s Poorest

by Anita Marangoly George, Senior Director, World Bank Energy and Extractives Global Practice

As I look forward to the start of the 4th International Off-Grid Lighting Conference, one question is paramount in my mind: How can we best harness the rapid development of the off-grid energy market to bring affordable energy access to people in all […]

By |October 29th, 2015|Blog|

Off-Grid Solar: Starting to Grow Up

by Itamar Orlandi and Nico Tyabji – Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Off-grid solar has been a precocious upstart -– and like any child genius it is hard to decide whether to focus on its past achievements or its future opportunities. On one hand, the industry’s growth has been impressive. From a near-standing start ten years ago, […]

By |October 21st, 2015|Blog|

Big is Beautiful: Solar Home Systems are Building Energy Infrastructure

By Thomas Duveau, Head of Business Development, Mobisol

Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) companies have set out to serve the so-called Base of the Pyramid (BoP). While the name BoP suggests homogeneity and similar needs, several observations can be made when one starts analysing energy consumption patterns and aspirations of the households composing the BoP:

The BoP is anything but […]

By |October 20th, 2015|Blog|

Global LEAP and the Emerging Off-Grid Appliance Market

By Matt Jordan, Senior Manager, CLASP

The appliances and end-use devices sold with and powered by off-grid energy systems are essential to our industry’s dual goals of building strong off-grid clean energy markets and changing the lives of underserved households and communities. To reach its full potential, the global off-grid clean energy market needs a complementary […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Blog|

Where there is light, there is hope to build a brighter future

by Wieke de Vries, Flexiway Solar Solutions – NRS International
Providing access to solar solutions in a complex humanitarian context

Where there is light, there is hope, and that is exactly what the 60 million forcibly displaced people around the world need to build a brighter future. But implementing lighting interventions in humanitarian settings is not straightforward. […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Blog|

New Opportunities and New Challenges

By Ned Tozun, CEO, d.light

I remember meeting with potential investors in 2006 to pitch our business plan for d.light. It was usually the first time they had ever heard that 1.3 billion people in the world did not have access to electricity. Eyebrows would rise in surprise when I explained that kerosene was the primary source […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Blog|

Riding the wave to Dubai: The solar off grid industry – poised to be a transformative engine of economic development

by Russell Sturm, Global Head, Energy Access, IFC Cross-Cutting Advisory

In the lead-up to the 4th International Off-Grid Solar Lighting Industry Conference I am led to reflect on how far the off-grid solar energy services industry has come in just a few short years. This dynamic sector has risen on a wave of entrepreneurial energy, fueled by […]

By |September 11th, 2015|Blog|

Off-grid solar LED technology: the secret to snuffing out light poverty by 2030

by Bill Bien, Head of Strategy and Marketing, Philips Lighting
 

For most of us, light is a given. We flick a switch and normal life goes on, regardless of the time of day or night. On the rare occasions we experience a power cut, the novelty of using flashlights and candles soon wears off – and […]

By |September 2nd, 2015|Blog|

Why We Need Data To Illuminate Our Sector

by Koen Peters, GOGLA Executive Director

As GOGLA Executive Director, one of my priorities is to establish GOGLA as a main centre of knowledge for the sector. Indeed, our members reinforce again and again (as lately as our June AGM) the importance of having reliable, presentable and accurate market data and information at hand. Why? The […]

By |August 27th, 2015|Blog|

High tech solar products in crisis situations: Why solar keeps families safe, healthy and hopeful

by Maurits Groen, CEO Waka Waka
High tech solar products in crisis situations
Why solar keeps families safe, healthy and hopeful

There are currently almost 60 million refugees in the world, and unfortunately the number is rising still. When discussing the needs of refugees, there’s no question that food, water and shelter are essential needs in crisis situations. […]

By |August 19th, 2015|Blog|