About working group lighting


675 million people in Asia lack access to electricity and do depend on conventional fuel burning to meet their daily lighting needs. Solar lighting offers a cleaner, safer and often cheaper alternative. There’s a clear link between poverty and access to light: countries with the lowest levels of electrification often have the highest levels of poverty. Without lighting, nightfall often means that adults have to stop working and children have to stop studying—two critical activities that could otherwise help communities escape their burdens.

 In Asia, solar devices are promoted by an extensive number of small and medium sized companies (SME). Despite existing commercial and semi-commercial models for lighting, up-scaling of these efforts has been challenging due to lack and limitations of finance, of exchange of knowledge and awareness, of common standards and policies and of distribution mechanisms.

 The Energy for All Partnership established the thematic working group Lighting for All to meet these challenges. It expands access to solar lighting technologies among rural communities by linking the international lighting industry (including storage, electrics and solar) with local system integrators, financers and service providers. For local communities, this transfer of technological knowledge strengthens their capabilities to design, develop and deliver high-efficiency, high-quality, reliable and affordable lighting products and services. For the industry, it catalyzes the undeveloped, high-growth rural lighting market by providing cutting-edge technologies and know-how adapted for local challenges.

 By making these connections, the Lighting working group builds strategic partnerships to develop, finance, and deliver modern lighting products and services.


Our goal is clear:

We aim to provide energy access to
100 million people in Asia and
the Pacific Region by 2015.





> Funding secured
to reach
4,500,000 people

Lighting projects

Energy poverty is one of the most pressing issues of this century. It’s a problem of technology, of infrastructure, of economics, of culture, and of politics - and it impacts over a billion people in the Asia-Pacific region alone.

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Sunlabob tapped to lead Kiribati solar PV training

Aug 30 2013

Following major solar PV material supply contract, Laos-based Sunlabob also hired to provide technical training and capacity building for local engineers  VIENTIANE, LAOS (August 29, 2013) – Sunlabob Renewable Energy, the Laos-based company specializing in renewable energy and clean water solutions throughout developing areas of the world, today announced it has been awarded a contract […]


ISES and Energy for All conduct webinar on financing for solar off-grid businesses

Dec 17 2012

Members of the Energy for All partnership Steering Committee met on 4 June 2012 at ADB The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) through its Energy for All Initiative presented this webinar on 13 December 2012.  The webinar showcased examples of clean energy companies that overcame challenges in […]


SNV, BIOMA, ADB organize international biogas workshop in Chengdu, PRC

Nov 27 2012

Close to 120 participants in 22 countries participated in the international workshop on domestic biogas entitled “Learning from international domestic biogas programmes in Asia: mapping opportunities for developing and resourcing of biogas sectors including carbon financing” held in Chengdu, PRC on 20-22 November 2012. In the opening session, Ms. Hao Xianrong, PRC’s Ministry of Agriculture, […]


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Lighting Working Group Members

The Energy for All Partnership is facilitated by ETC Foundation in close collaboration with ADB. Below you may find an overview of some of our working group members. For an overview of all members Read more

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    Be part of the global effort to fight poverty by providing modern energy services to the poor. The energy for All Partnership invites organizations active in supporting acces to energy in Asia and the Pacific to join our working groups