The latest report from the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA) shows that global sales of solar kits (including portable lamps, multi-light source systems and solar home systems) will reach 9.5 million units in 2022, of which sales will be between July and December 2022. 5.2 million sets were released.

Speaking at the South Asia International Forum on Distributed Energy (SAFDE), Ajay Mathur, director general of the International Solar Alliance, said: "This is a clear sign that we are beginning to recognize the value of solar kits. , and also pay attention to off-grid utilization architecture.” The SAFDE Forum was organized by GOGLA and supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India and the Good Energies Foundation.

Gogla's global off-grid solar market report is based on sales data from the association's off-grid solar and energy-saving equipment manufacturers. Of the 5.2 million kits sold in the second half of 2022, 3.2 million were sold in cash and another 2 million were on pay-as-you-go (PAYGo), the report said. Products sold included 3.11 million portable lanterns, 1.08 million solar home systems and 1.01 million multi-light source systems.

Sales of solar home systems (including all 11-watt and higher wattage products) reached 1.08 million units in the second half of 2022, a 69% increase compared to the first half. 90% of all solar home systems sold between July and December 2022 are pay-as-you-go.

The report noted that sales of solar kits in India continued to decline as the product mix of solar kits evolved from traditional off-grid products such as lanterns and plug-and-play kits to weak grid products. Nonetheless, lanterns and other off-grid solar solutions are still used in the Indian market for outdoor use, grid backup power or as primary power ahead of the grid.

Sales of off-grid solar kits in India will be at 4.322 lakh units in the second half of 2022. Solar home systems accounted for less than 1% of total sales.