GOGLA Welcomes 100th Member

The Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) officially welcomed its 100th member in July, a significant milestone that reinforces the association’s position as the primary advocate for off-grid energy providers meeting the tier 1 and 2 needs of low-income households.
 
“It was important for us to join [GOGLA] to share experiences and benefit from the progress made by each company in this industry,” said Jean-Baptiste Lenoir and Fabrice de Gaudemar, co-founders of the 100th member, off-grid solar company Qotto, who are based in Paris. 
 
“This demonstrates that GOGLA is seen to add value to companies in our space,” said Koen Peters, GOGLA’s Executive Director. “I’m also pleased that our 100th member is a francophone company setting up shop in Benin – an indication that the industry, and GOGLA, are increasingly becoming more diverse and expanding the off-grid success in new markets.” 
 
Since its formation in 2012, GOGLA has coordinated the actions of its members – made up of manufacturers, distributers, and supportive enablers from around the world – to advocate for policy change, champion quality standards and regulation, share market research and knowledge and provide impact measurement and M&E services. 
 
Off-grid lighting and electrification products sold by GOGLA members have already reached over 110 million people worldwide. Based on Sustainable Energy for All’s “Global Tracking Framework” methodology for counting energy access, 36.5 million people have now reached Tier 1 energy access and 1.35 million people have reached Tier 2 energy access, as reported in their latest Global Off-Grid Solar Market Report.
 
Shell Foundation has found that the presence of institutions that provide transparent information and coordinate support from enterprises, investors and the public sector enables high-impact sectors to scale quickly and sustainably, generating additional impact. 

Working alongside DFID, our strategic partner and fellow core supporter of the Association, we will continue supporting its efforts towards creating a supportive enabling environment to allow off-grid enterprises to scale. 

SF has found that the presence of institutions that provide transparent information and coordinate support from enterprises, investors and the public sector enables high-impact sectors to grow quickly and sustainably, generating additional impact.



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