In partnership with: Africa Renewable Energy and Access Grants Program; Climate and Development Knowledge Network; Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid; Energy Sector Management Assistance Program; Global Environment Facility; Italy; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Advisory Facility; Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership; United States
Nearly 600 million people in Africa – about 60-65 percent of the population – are not on the electricity grid. Most rely on expensive, polluting and dangerous lighting fuels such as kerosene lamps and candles, or use costly battery-powered torches.
Lighting Africa works with the off-grid lighting industry to develop commercial and sustainable markets for cleaner, affordable and high quality lighting solutions. Modern portable solar lanterns with lasting components, mobile charging features, and in some cases “pay-as-you-go” credit schemes are increasingly becoming a viable lighting and energy alternative for consumers without electricity or with an unreliable grid connection.
Today, more companies are entering the market, quality standards and customer needs are driving innovation, and economies of scale are making lamps more affordable. As a result, modern lighting products are fast becoming must-have products for off-grid households, much as mobile phones are.
Despite the impressive growth of the market for quality off-grid lighting products in Africa, which has been doubling every year, only 2 percent of the African population has access to modern, cleaner and better lighting. Much remains to be done.
Lighting Africa is working with the industry to develop and expand this market with an objective of reaching 250 million people with better lighting by 2030.
Moving to better, cleaner, and cheaper lighting will have social, economic, and health benefits and increase productivity for households and small businesses.
Lighting Africa works with companies entering the African market to develop renewable solar energy products by:
Lighting Africa’s success is now replicated in Asia and is already demonstrating great results in India.
* Lighting Global serves as an umbrella for the Quality Assurance framework, which was originally developed out of the Lighting Africa program.
*As of December 2012
Bénédicte Walter | Nairobi BWalter@ifc.org
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