Every six months, GOGLA and The World Bank Group's Lighting Global program publish the Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report, a market intelligence series on sales and impact of off-grid solar lighting products, sold by GOGLA and Lighting Global affiliates. Since H2 2018, the report also includes sales numbers of off-grid appliances, in partnership with the Efficiency for Access Coalition.

January - June 2020 Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report

  • The off-grid solar sector is playing an essential role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Solar home systems and efficient appliances are keeping the lights on in health centers, powering local businesses and helping families stay connected and informed.
  • However, in the first half of 2020, global sales fell 26% compared to the same period in 2019, curbing the sector’s record-breaking growth.
  • The worst affected region was South Asia, which saw a 60% drop compared to the first half of 2019. East Africa reported a dip of 11%, while sales in West and Central Africa remained relatively stable.
  • Efficient appliances were also affected. Sales of fans saw the largest absolute decline, while solar water pumps and refrigeration units also saw a halt in growth. Compared with the first half of 2019, TV sales were stable. The companies indicated that this may be due to customers’ demand for entertainment and information during lockdowns.

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