Sustainable growth in the off-grid energy access market can only be achieved by ensuring that quality products and services are not jeopardized by low quality and counterfeit products.

The technology working group aims to work on enhancing product quality assurance to support market development and increase the access of quality products in the marketplace. International testing procedures, standardization of performance definitions and elimination of counterfeiting practices are priority areas. Currently, the main focus is on working with the Lighting Global program on a future structure for quality assurance, as these are being transferred out of the Lighting Global program by mid-2017.

Future roles for the technology working group include promotion of research and innovation and protection of intellectual property rights as well as an extension of activities into larger Solar Home Systems and DC Appliances.

The GOGLA Coordinator for the technology working group is John Keane. 

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

What's going on

GOGLA Releases Guidance Document on Intellectual Property

GOGLA Job Vacancies - Regional Representative for East Africa

March GOGLA Working Group Meetings


04 Apr

Clean Energy Summit: Africa

04 Apr

The Sustainable Energy for All Forum

05 Apr

GOGLA Partner Session - Sustainable Energy for All Forum

Working group leads

John Keane

Program Manager, Quality Assurance and Consumer Protection

Nigel Preston

Chair - Technology Working Group


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Industry Opinions

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

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

GOGLA Industry Opinion On Intellectual Property Rights Protection

GOGLA Industry Opinion on Lifecycle and Recycling


GOGLA Quality Assurance Guidance Paper - March 2017

IP Guidelines for GOGLA Members

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

Renewables 2016 Global Status Report

Global Solar Off-Grid Semi-Annual Market Report. July – December 2015

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