Nairobi, Kenya, August 27, 2013 ― A
new report by the joint IFC-World Bank Lighting Africa Program
projects that Africa is set to become the world’s largest market for clean
off-grid lamps, with up to 140
million people having access to better lighting by 2015. The market for
quality off-grid lighting products in
Africa has seen a 300 percent growth in sales in the past three years.
The Lighting Africa Market Trends Report 2012 – Overview of an the
Off-Grid Lighting Market in Africa,
provides a snapshot of the region’s off-grid lighting market in Africa.
In Africa 600 million people still rely
on expensive, ineffective, and sometimes dangerous lighting sources, such
The market for quality off-grid lighting products has matured more rapidly
than Lighting Africa predicted
three years ago. The report projects that cumulative sales could grow to
28 million solar lanterns in Africa
by 2015, double the 2010 estimate.
Itotia Njagi, Lighting Africa’s Program Manager, said, “IFC and the World
Bank are committed to ensuring
consumers gain better access to products that meet basic needs. With the
price declines in raw materials
and solar panels, off-grid lamps are becoming increasingly affordable and
within reach for rural
households that lack electricity. Lighting Africa on track to reach 250
million people without electricity by
Lighting Africa is helping build a market to bring off-grid lighting across
Africa by establishing quality
standards, investing in consumer education, creating a favorable investment
climate, and supporting
innovative business models.
Consumer stand to gain the most from a growing market for clean off-grid
lights that offer better value to
low-income buyers than they did three years ago. Current product offerings
have benefited from a decline
in manufacturing costs while quality has improved with longer battery life,
increased brightness and new
features such as mobile phone charging and pay-as-you-go options from the
current product offering
becoming more common.
Multinational such as Schneider Electric, TOTAL, Panasonic and Energizer
are now taking an interest in
a market that had been dominated by smaller companies. This has the potential
to drive this market at a faster rate.
By converting from kerosene to clean energy, millions of consumers can
improve their health, reduce
their spending on expensive fuels, and benefit from better illumination
and more productive time in their
homes, schools and businesses.
The Lighting Africa Market Trends Report gathered input from a broad range
of industry experts,
manufacturers, distributors and civil society organizations. It is the
second issue in a series.
Download the report here
About Lighting Africa
Lighting Africa, a joint IFC and World Bank program, seeks to accelerate
the development of commercial
off-grid lighting markets in Sub-Saharan Africa as part of the World Bank
Group's wider efforts to improve
access to energy. Lighting Africa is mobilizing the private sector to build
sustainable markets that provide
affordable, modern off-grid lighting to communities across Africa that
are not on the electricity grid. The
program and its partners have brought cleaner, safer, and better lighting
to close to 7 million people and
are working to increase energy access, providing better lighting to 250
million people by 2030.
Lighting Africa is also a key element of the Global Lighting and Energy
Access Partnership (Global
LEAP), an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.
Lighting Africa is implemented in partnership with: The Africa Renewable
Energy and Access Grants
Program • The Climate and development Knowledge Network (CDKN) • The
Global Partnership on
Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) • The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program
(ESMAP) • The
Global Environment Facility (GEF) • Italy • Luxembourg • The Netherlands
• Norway • The Public-Private
Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) • The Renewable Energy and Energy
(REEEP) • The United States.
About the World Bank Group
The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding
and knowledge for developing
countries. It comprises five closely associated institutions: the International
Bank for Reconstruction and
Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA),
which together form the World
Bank; the International Finance Corporation (IFC); the Multilateral Investment
Guarantee Agency (MIGA);
and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
Each institution plays a
distinct role in the mission to fight poverty and improve living standards
for people in the developing
world. For more information, please visit www.worldbank.org,