Peter Alstone's Blog (6)

A fresh look at achieving universal access to electricity

Hot off the press!  Or, if this weren't the internet that might be true.
Along with my colleagues Dimitry Gershenson and Dan Kammen, I'm happy to announce publication of a new paper in the academic press (at Nature Climate Change) that I hope is valuable for the LuminaNet community.  Our paper, Decentralized energy systems for clean electricity access, reviews the state of knowledge on a continuum of on- to off-grid electricity technology systems, using a…

Added by Peter Alstone on March 25, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Updates to Lighting Global QA Standards

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…


Added by Peter Alstone on October 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Lighting Global -- Updates to Standards and Targets in Progress -- Input Needed!

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…


Added by Peter Alstone on June 10, 2013 at 10:48am — 2 Comments

Big Markets in Small Towns: Results from a close study of the market for off-grid lighting in three towns in Kenya

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…


Added by Peter Alstone on April 8, 2013 at 11:02am — 5 Comments

Make the most of the 2012 Off-grid Lighting Conference in Dakar

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…


Added by Peter Alstone on November 9, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Five things to know about women and off-grid lighting...

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:…


Added by Peter Alstone on October 31, 2012 at 10:00am — 6 Comments



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