High-quality, energy-efficient appliances are essential to the growth of off-grid energy markets—they create demand for off-grid energy while reducing energy costs. The Global LEAP Awards provide clear and actionable signals about the quality and energy performance of off-grid appliances.
Global LEAP identifies Winners and Finalists through a combination of expert evaluation and energy- and cost-based quantitative assessments. All Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists undergo testing by accredited laboratories for their energy performance, quality, and reliability, and an evaluation by a panel of off-grid market experts.
Global LEAP has announced the results of the 2016-17 Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition. Please see this release for a complete list of the Winners and Finalists. In addition, detailed information about all Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists – including product performance data and sales contact information – is available in the 2017 Global LEAP Awards Refrigerator Buyer’s Guide.
The competition was supported by the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Development Grand Challenge, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.K. Department for International Development's Ideas to Impact Programme, and Power Africa's Beyond the Grid Initiative.
Leading impact investors Acumen and Shell Foundation are partnering with Global LEAP to accelerate the off-grid appliance market. The outcomes of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards for fans, televisions, and refrigerators will help inform Acumen and Shell Foundation’s proactive efforts to catalyze and validate new technology and business models to bring highly efficient appliances to low-income consumers in off-grid areas.
Winners and Finalists of the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Fan and Off-Grid Television Competitions were announced on 16 August 2017, and the 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition were announced on 22 January 2018. Find detailed information about 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists in the 2017 Global LEAP Awards Buyer's Guides:
Winners and Finalists of the 2015-16 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Fan and Off-Grid Television Competitions were announced at the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial in San Francisco in June 2016. Find detailed information about 2015-16 Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists in the 2016 Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide.
Off-grid clean energy systems help millions of otherwise un-electrified people achieve life-giving and –enabling modern energy services. The appliances bundled and used with these systems are essential to off-grid market growth and global sustainable development goals. To reach its full potential, the global off-grid clean energy market needs a complementary market of high-quality, highly energy-efficient off-grid appliances that satisfy consumer needs at the least possible cost.
But too many off-grid solar companies struggle to identify and source outstanding off-grid appliances. Many appliance manufacturers are unaware of the off-grid market’s commercial opportunities—and those that are aware often struggle to find clear and timely paths to market. The Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Procurement Incentives program addresses these challenges by providing incentives to appliance manufacturers and off-grid solar distributors that partner to distribute large quantities of best-in-class appliances. The second round of the incentives will be open to companies that distribute winning and finalist products from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards for outstanding off-grid refrigerators, televisions (TVs), and fans in Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda.
This program is funded by the Results Based Financing Facility through Energising Development (EnDev). EnDev is a partnership of donors (including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, and Australia) that promotes sustainable access to modern energy services. The program is also supported by Power Africa's Beyond the Grid Initiative.
Learn more about the Global LEAP Awards on the Global LEAP Awards website.
Global LEAP winners were highlighted at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in 2014 and the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in 2016. As part of a new partnership with the multi-donor Energising Development facility, the UK Department of International Development, and the German Federal Enterprise for International Development, the next round of Global LEAP Awards will be coupled with results-based financing incentives targeted at off-grid energy service companies that make large purchases of award-winning products.