Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA)

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

Mission: GOGLA is the industry association for the off-grid lighting and electrification sector. Its mission is to help its members build sustainable markets, made up of profitable companies, delivering quality, affordable off-grid electricity products and services to as many customers as possible across the developing world.

Vision: All households and businesses across the developing world can easily access GOGLA members’ lighting and electricity products and services in the market.

Objective: To support GOGLA members with first-class resources and services to help grow and sustain their businesses and the market, thus helping them to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular universal energy access by 2030.

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 eighty 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:

  • ‘Mobilizing investment’. Access to finance is a key barrier to market growth. We focus on generating market intelligence and on facilitating dialogue between industry and investors, among others, through targeted events.
  • ‘Creating an enabling environment’. This involves advocacy work with national governments and major influencers, helping to shape policy. Part of this includes demonstrating the economic, environmental and social impact of access to clean, modern energy.
  • ‘Quality assurance and consumer protection’. We want to ensure that consumers get good and reliable products and services for their money. We’re seeing a trend in low-quality and ‘copycat’ products coming to the market. When such products fail they damage consumer confidence in the technology, so we’re working on consumer protection and on promoting globally harmonized minimum quality standards. We also seek to ensure products can be serviced, and are handled responsibly, both environmentally and socially, from production to the end of their life.