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Light for Life -- Identifying and reducing health and safety impacts of fuel-based lighting

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to expand earlier work on the adverse health impacts associated with fuel-based lighting.  The final product has just been released.  Following is a brief summary of the report, which can be downloaded in full…

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Added by Evan Mills on January 19, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Light and Livelihood -- A bright outlook for employment in the transition from fuel-based lighting to off-grid electrical alternatives

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to explore the potential effects on employment as electric off-grid lighting technologies that promise to displace lighting fuels.  The final product has just been released.  Following is a brief summary of the report, which can be downloaded in full…

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Added by Evan Mills on January 12, 2015 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Lifting the Darkness on the Price of Light -- the effect of fuel subsidies in the off-grid lighting market

The United Nations Environment Programme's en.Lighten initiative commissioned me to explore the role of energy subsidies in the off-grid lighting market.  Following is a brief summary of the just-released report, which can be downloaded in full report…

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Added by Evan Mills on January 7, 2015 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market Valued at $12 Billion

The following Sierra Club perspective by Justin Guay and Vrinda Manglik is cross-posted from the Huffington Post.

(Read full report here)

Off-Grid, Clean Energy Access Market…

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Added by Evan Mills on June 18, 2014 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Worry not about embodied energy in off-grid lighting products!

We're all too often met with the question: “Hey, those LED lights are great, but doesn’t it take more energy to make them than they ever save?”  Fair question, but misguided.  



While the question doesn’t pass the sniff test, we haven't had a rigorous and peer-reviewed scientific answer …. until now.



The Lumina Project Team, in partnership with Lighting Africa, has just completed a novel and …

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Added by Evan Mills on March 29, 2014 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Right Light

A Lumina Project report asks “how much light is enough?”  An increasingly important question (with no simple answer) as manufacturers and policy makers debate if and how lighting service levels should figure into standard-setting, product labeling, and other initiatives.…

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Added by Evan Mills on January 15, 2014 at 9:12pm — 1 Comment

The Dynamics of Off-grid Lighting Adoption

The market for improved off-grid lighting has rapidly developed in recent years, from a nascent and emerging set of solar-LED lamps to a big business with several million products being sold annually.  Replacing fuel-based lighting with rechargeable, efficient lighting can provide higher quality, less expensive lighting services to end-users, reduce health risks, and mitigate the greenhouse gas impact of lighting technology use. As the market develops, critical questions about the way to…

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Added by Evan Mills on November 29, 2013 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Philips expresses interest in off-grid lighting solutions

Interesting (albeit dated) post from Ventures Africa showing how seriously Philips is taking this opportunity.

VENTURES AFRICA – The world’s leading lighting company, Philips has hinted on the need for Africa to  switch to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) from its current expensive diesel and fuel based lighting system,…
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Added by Evan Mills on October 30, 2013 at 9:05pm — No Comments

High-class survey of off-grid lighting choices in 20 sub-Saharan countries

The world-class Gallup Poll organization, which usually focuses on assessing public opinion about political views and such in the developed world, has conducted a remarkable survey on rural electrification, including a particular focus on lighting.…

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Added by Evan Mills on October 30, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Small Power Providers in Mali

By Jenny Tracy (originally posted on the Lumina Project blog)

My immediate reaction as my eyes wandered beyond the rust-colored dirt to the pale blue skyline of a peri-urban town outside of Bamako, Mali was of concern, but not without amusement for the chaos I was looking at.…

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Added by Evan Mills on September 11, 2013 at 12:51am — 3 Comments

Fuel-based Lighting: Unhealthy & Unsustainable

Full report.

The challenges of sustainability often intertwine with those of public health, revealing opportunities in both arenas for disenfranchised populations. A fifth of the world’s population earns on the order of $1…

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Added by Evan Mills on May 21, 2013 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Off-grid lighting for poultry production: Industrialized world begins to catch up with developing world ;)

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We've written before about our successful efforts to demonstrate off-grid LED lighting for poultry production in Kenya.

The U.S. poultry production industry is…

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Added by Evan Mills on April 4, 2013 at 2:02pm — 3 Comments

Blazing Sandals: Burning shoes for light in Kenya

In my ongoing quest for…

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Added by Evan Mills on March 26, 2013 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

Indoor air quality measurements for kerosene lighting

We knew it in principle and now we know it in fact: fuel-based lighting emitsindoor pollutants (in the form of particularly dangerous "PM2.5" particulates) that can be inhaled deeply into lungs of over a billion…

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Added by Evan Mills on March 19, 2013 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

The Myth of Electrification

The notion of “electrification” for the world’s poor conjures up wishful images.  It’s also a key issue in climate policy. In the business-as-usual world, expanding grids tend to entail more burning of coal and other fossil fuels, driving up greenhouse-gas emissions.

Some o fficial estimates put the world's…

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Added by Evan Mills on January 23, 2013 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

Beware of Vampires! (some people call them power supplies)

We’ve come across another “sleeper” in the quest for understanding energy use and off-grid lighting.

 

LED replacements for kerosene may not always save as much energy as meets the eye…

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Added by Evan Mills on December 19, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

Carbon credits up in smoke

An audience at this week’s Lighting Africa meeting in Senegal learned that hopes for garnering carbon credits in the near- to mid-term have been dashed by a double-whammy of collapsing carbon prices and programmatic requirements from the CDM that continue to be stifling. A representative of the CDM, two…

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Added by Evan Mills on November 15, 2012 at 8:00pm — No Comments

CDM Just Got Better: A new approved methodology for off-grid lighting

Informed by the Lumina Project analysis conducted for the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board, the CDM has released a new approved methodology AMS-III-AR:…

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Added by Evan Mills on October 24, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Flood of light

We began recommending LED lighting solutions for refugee camps about a decade ago, but it seems to have taken until now for a detailed demonstration project and follow-up assessment to be performed.

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Red Cross, Elephant Energy…

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Added by Evan Mills on October 16, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Lighting Fuel Prices

Think the price of gas is bad, try kerosene for lanterns.

(Chart from Lumina Project report: "Solid-State Lighting on a Shoestring Budget: The Economics of Off-Grid Lighting for…

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Added by Evan Mills on October 16, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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