"We are the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association; an independent, not-for-profit industry association. We represent eighty plus members as the voice of the off-grid solar energy industry and promote the solutions they offer. We were founded in 2012, borne out of the IFC/World Bank’s Lighting Global program."
Why do what we do?
Around 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity; about one in six people on earth. Off-grid energy appliances and services can address this issue, particularly across developing and emerging countries.
GOGLA was created to accelerate access to modern energy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7. We strive to be the voice of the fast growing sector, representing over eighty companies and organizations within the solar lighting and home electrification industry.
The products and solutions that GOGLA members promote are affordable. They transform lives by improving health and education, creating jobs and income opportunities and helping consumers save money.
How are we doing it?
GOGLA’s objective is to help the industry grow quickly but sustainably. We're focusing our efforts on three core barriers to growth of the sector. Here’s an outline of our current global sector supporting programs:
- ‘Mobilizing investment’. Access to finance is a key barrier to market growth. We focus on generating market intelligence and on facilitating dialogue between industry and investors, among others, through targeted events.
- ‘Creating an enabling environment’. This involves advocacy work with national governments and major influencers, helping to shape policy. Part of this includes demonstrating the economic, environmental and social impact of access to clean, modern energy.
- ‘Quality assurance and consumer protection’. We want to ensure that consumers get good and reliable products and services for their money. We’re seeing a trend in low-quality and ‘copycat’ products coming to the market. When such products fail they damage consumer confidence in the technology, so we’re working on consumer protection and on promoting globally harmonized minimum quality standards. We also seek to ensure products can be serviced, and are handled responsibly, both environmentally and socially, from production to the end of their life.
How does GOGLA and our industry contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 7?
Off-grid lighting and electrification products sold by GOGLA and other industry members have already reached over 110 million people worldwide. Based on Sustainable Energy for All’s “Global Tracking Framework” methodology for counting energy access, 36.5 million people have now reached Tier 1 energy access, and 1.35 million people reached Tier 2 energy access, as reported in our latest semi-annual Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report.
Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecasts the market for these products to grow by around 35% year-on-year, reaching close to 100 million households (around 500 million people) by 2020. This means that the market for off-grid lighting and electrification products is well on its way to providing a significant share of households that currently do not have energy access, with basic electricity services. GOGLA believes that, combined with new energy access provided by grid extensions and other routes, the SDG 7 target of universal energy access by 2030 is thus becoming a realistic target. GOGLA’s activities contribute to maintaining and increasing this annual market growth, while simultaneously seeking to ensure that the market becomes as sustainable as possible.
GOGLA was created to accelerate access to energy. Based on the triple bottom line, our goal is to help scale the off-grid lighting sector and develop the market. By doing so, we’re contributing to the objectives of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
We are helping to catalyze the market by…
- Positioning the off-grid lighting sector outside of the philanthropic arena and highlighting its importance as a fully recognized industry in an important and growing market.
- Working to reduce barriers to doing business, and increasing opportunities for small and medium enterprises, including our 70 plus members.
- Working with governing bodies to develop regulations and legislation that promote an enabling environment on a national, regional and global level.
- Providing a platform for industry communications and information sharing to enable equal opportunities.
GOGLA was formed in 2012 as public-private initiative borne out of a joint World Bank/ IFC Lighting Africa effort to accelerate market development for energy access. Our unique position as an advocate for off-grid lighting outside of the charitable sector enables us to complement the work of partners and to continue where the World Bank / IFC Lighting Global program stops.