Standardized Impact Metrics for the Off-Grid Solar Energy Sector
A consistent approach to impact measurement allows companies, investors, policy-makers, multi-lateral institutions, non-government organizations and other sector stakeholders to comprehensively estimate the impacts created by off-grid solar. For this reason, the GOGLA Impact Working Group was established in 2013, with the goal of creating the first standardized impact metrics for the off-grid industry. These metrics were designed to enhance knowledge, streamline reporting and attract investment, working capital, and regulatory support. The first standardized impact metrics were launched in 2015.
This document presents Version 3.0 of those metrics, which have been updated and expanded using the best available data from across the off-grid solar industry and research community. The updated metrics also enable users to measure the impact of different categories of off-grid technology – from solar lanterns to large solar home systems.
Individual organizations can use these metrics to estimate the impact of their products, services or market supporting activities. GOGLA also uses the metrics to calculate the impact of all GOGLA Members and IFC Associate companies twice yearly in its Off-Grid Solar Global Sales and Impact Reports – enabling aggregated impact insights to be shared with key decision-makers.
Azuri was part of the Working Group that compiled these metrics.