Many LuminaNET members are also involved (in one way or another) with the ongoing work of Lighting Global (and Lighting Africa / Lighting Asia), the IFC-World Bank programs supporting markets for off-grid lighting. I'm one of the people who helps coordinate the Quality Assurance (QA) aspects of those programs and we just released an important update to the QA framework. The updates are informed (as always) by a stakeholder process that many of you probably participated in. Thank…Continue
Attention LuminaNET....your collective wisdom is needed...
This morning Lighting Global, Lighting Africa, and Lighting Asia announced the beginning of a process to update the Minimum Quality Standards and Recommended Performance Targets for each program in a harmonized way. I am sure LuminaNET is full of people whose experience in the field and the marketplace would provide good perspectives for the process. Please take a minute to visit the webpage for the updating…Continue
Lighting Africa recently released a study of the market for off-grid lighting that was completed by me and several collaborators between 2009 and 2012. We originally visited Kericho, Brooke, and Talek in 2009 and surveyed the market for off-grid lighting. It wasn't a pretty sight...mostly low quality products were available. These beat the traditional…Continue
Like many of you, I am in the final stages of preparation for the 3rd International Off-Grid Lighting Conference and Trade Fair.
Next week in Dakar we will see the state of the art in off-grid lighting and micro energy, from product design to policy and financing mechanisms. The Outstanding Product Awards, trade fair, and a broad range of sessions from sustainability to business models promise to fill an…Continue
Added by Peter Alstone on November 9, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Let’s begin with what should be obvious: about half the people on Earth are women. In light of that, it is absolutely necessary to account for their needs and power to make a difference in the off-grid world. The Lighting Africa program released a report recently that moves the conversation forward about how to expand women’s role in the off-grid lighting market forward. Read the full report here:…