Market Research on Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE)

This report from Lighting Global highlights the potential of PULSE’s transformative impact and provides a compelling case for their adoption in agriculture.

For the past 10 years the World Bank Group’s off-grid energy programs – now including Lighting Africa, Lighting Asia, and Lighting Global – have been at the forefront of the drive to develop sustainable markets to deliver quality off-grid solar products to those living without grid electricity. Nearly fifty-four million people worldwide are currently meeting their basic energy needs with products meeting Lighting Global Quality Standards, and the off-grid sector is now seen as crucial in closing the global electrification gap.

Ongoing innovation in technology and distribution models continues to be a hallmark of the off-grid solar sector. Having already led to hundreds of millions of people benefitting from off grid solar products ranging from lanterns to solar home systems (SHS), products are now developing along the sector’s newest frontier – productive uses leveraging solar energy (PULSE). These can provide livelihoods for off-grid households and micro-enterprises across the agricultural, industrial, commercial, and public sectors.

A market for these new applications is emerging, and is explored in this new report, “The Market Opportunity for Productive Use Leveraging Solar Energy (PULSE) in Sub-Saharan Africa.” This report provides an overview of the market for PULSE micro-applications, which can be powered by standalone solar systems of one kilowatt or less.