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The policy working group seeks to facilitate exchange on best practices and regulatory support for thriving off-grid lighting sectors. Their work focuses on the generation of knowledge (such as the impact of VAT & tariffs or kerosene subsidies on the market) and the development of resources that informs dialogue within the international policy arena (such as the industry opinions that were presented in the recent ‘delivering universal energy access’ publication). Last but not least, the group seeks to promote national level policy change through the development of advocacy material and analysis tools for sound sector planning and strengthened networks with national associations and civil society organisations.

The group is chaired by Jacob Lewandowski (d.light) and Graham Smith (Off-Grid Electric) and coordinated by Johanna Diecker (GOGLA).

*Please note that GOGLA members can find the 2016/2017 Policy workplan, along with meeting summaries (where available) via the working groups page in the the GOGLA member's section*


21 Jan

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo

What's going on

New GOGLA-IFC report shows 3.77 million off-grid solar products were sold in the second half of 2016, despite difficult conditions in key markets

GOGLA / Lighting Global Sales Data Collection Process is Now Open: Deadline 11 February 2017

East African Community Issue Clarification on Status of Lights Following GOGLA Advocacy

Working group leads

Karl Skare

Co-chair Policy Working Group

Pauline Githugu

Co-chair Policy Working Group

Johanna Diecker

Program Manager, Enabling Environment



Industry Opinions

Delivering Universal Energy Access – The Industry Position on Building Off-Grid Lighting and Household Electrification Markets

GOGLA Industry Opinion on VAT and Import Duty Settings for Off-Grid Lighting Products and Solar Home Systems

GOGLA Industry Opinion on the role of public funding to mobilise investment for access to energy

GOGLA Industry Opinion Calling On Governments, Policy Makers and Other Key Decision Makers To Support Quality Products and Quality Assurance

GOGLA Industry Opinion on Tracking Energy Access

GOGLA Industry Opinion towards the use of Public and Donor Funding in the Off-Grid Lighting Industry

GOGLA Industry Opinion towards kerosene subsidies


Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report H2 2016 (Sales and Impact Data)

Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report Semi-Annual Sales and Impact Data January - June 2016

Opinion de GOGLA sur la TVA et les droits de douane et importation appliqués aux produits d’éclairage hors réseau et de systèmes solaires domestiques

Job creation and energy savings through a transition to modern off-grid lighting

Renewables 2016 Global Status Report

In the media

Could a Solar Giveaway in Kenya Destroy the Country’s Burgeoning Off-Grid Solar Market?

SkyPower’s plan to hand out millions of free solar kits could do more harm than...


GOGLA and Lighting Global Observe Global Growth in Sales of Off-Grid Solar Products

Darragh Cotter, Communications and Marketing Manager