Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & EXPO, Kigali, Rwanda, 18 to 20 October

About the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum & EXPO

Organized by GOGLA in collaboration with The World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Program, and co-hosted by the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Rwanda, the 7th edition of the Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from 18 to 20 October 2022.

Global Off-Grid Solar Forum, Kigali, Rwanda, 18 to 20 October

The Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Expo is the premier meeting of the off-grid solar sector, providing a unique platform for knowledge exchange, networking and showcasing off-grid solar products and services. The event aims to accelerate the development of the global off-grid solar market contributing to achieving universal energy access by 2030.

The previous edition was held in 2020 in Nairobi, and officially opened by H.E. The President of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, attracted over 1,250 participants from 75 countries, 80 exhibitors and over 80 government officials.

As part of our deepening collaboration with governments and development partners, this year we are expanding our focus to relevant neighbouring sectors and are thinking more broadly as to how off-grid solar can contribute to household needs beyond energy access.

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GOGLA is the global association for the off-grid solar energy industry. We are proud to champion one of the world’s most innovative and impactful sectors. Hundreds of millions of people already benefit from affordable, high-quality, clean off-grid solar products and services.

With the right support, our pioneering industry will be able to scale up rapidly to improve the lives of 1 billion people by 2030. s.

What we do

GOGLA promotes, safeguards and convenes the off-grid solar and efficient appliance industry.


We communicate the value of the off-grid solar industry to those key to its success: governments, policymakers, investors, neighbouring industries and international institutions – inspiring support where it matters most.


We help lay solid foundations for industry growth, from the pursuit of enabling policies, standards and regulations to accelerate electricity access, to building investor confidence in the sector. This means our members are less exposed to risk and operate in stronger markets for the long term.


We support collaboration and knowledge-sharing between our members, policymakers, investors, donors, facilitators, thought leaders and others to strengthen our network and build a relevant, informed, dynamic and confident industry.

What do we do for key partners and stakeholders?

We work with governments, development partners, investors, research institutions, media and other stakeholders as the ‘go to’ organisation to learn about and connect with this pioneering industry. With 200+ members across the globe, we exist to accelerate the growth of immediate, affordable, localised electricity.

We provide:

The latest market information
Insights on trends, innovations and impacts in areas such as local economic development, health and access to education and information
Information on best practices in business, technologies, policy and finance
Forums for discussion, learning and development.

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About Lighting Global

Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s initiative to rapidly increase access to off-grid solar energy for the 789 million people living without electricity world-wide. Managed by the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), we work with governments, the private sector, development partners, and end-users, continually innovating to unlock key market barriers and enable access and affordability to those that would otherwise be left behind.

Our support has expanded to technologies that go far beyond lighting, including systems to power the needs of households, businesses, schools, and health centers. We operate with funding gratefully acknowledged from ESMAP and their donors.