We are the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association; an independent, not-for-profit industry association. We represent over 100 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 100 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:
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.