Global sales of solar home products by category 2016-2022

This statistic shows the sales volume of off-grid solar products globally in 2016 with a projection for 2022, broken down by category. In 2022, it is estimated that there will be 47 million pico lights that will be sold worldwide.

Number of off-grid solar products sold globally in 2016 and 2022, by category

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Release date

February 2018



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Supplementary notes

* Projection.
** Sales volume for PnP SHS in 2016 was less than 1 million units.
*** Sales for open-market components is estimated to be between 2 to 2.5 million in 2016 and 2022.

Pico: Lanterns and simple multi-light systems (which may enable mobile charging) of 0-10.999 Wp. These enable partial or full Tier 1 electricity access to a person or household.
Plug-and-play SHS: All-in-one packaged SHS kits of 11+ Wp, typically powering several lights as well as energy-efficient appliances, and enabling full Tier 1 or higher electricity access for a household.
Component-based systems: Devices in which components (i.e. PV module, battery, lights, inverter, wiring, etc.) are compiled independently. These devices are typically SHS (11+ Wp), but can be smaller.

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