Promoting Energy Access by Supporting Innovation and Competition in the Off-Grid Appliance Market
Globally, 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity, and another billion have unreliable access. These underserved off-grid communities are typically among the world’s poorest and must rely on fuels like kerosene and diesel for their daily energy needs.
New technologies—ranging from small solar portable lanterns and pico-lighting systems to larger stand- alone energy systems and mini-grids—provide off-grid communities with access to clean, reliable energy, displacing pre-modern fuels and delivering numerous health, environmental, and socioeconomic benefits.
Super-efficient off-grid appliances can unlock a wider range of energy services for these communities, providing access to modern communications, entertainment, cooling, and more. Super-efficient off-grid appliances also create and sustain demand for off-grid energy systems by offering affordable modern energy services while minimizing the need for expensive new investments in energy supply.
The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) works to support self-sustaining commercial markets for clean energy access products and services. Global LEAP does this through efforts focused on off-grid product quality assurance, promotion of demand-side super-efficiency, and partner collaboration.
The Global LEAP Awards is an international competition to identify and promote the world’s best off-grid appliances. The 2015-16 Global LEAP Awards will identify super-efficient, high quality off-grid fans and televisions and promote them to the rapidly emerging global off-grid market.
Learn more about the 2015-16 Off-Grid Fan Competition | Nominate a Fan
Learn more about the 2015-16 Off-Grid Television Competition | Nominate a Television
Learn more about Global LEAP
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Global LEAP is a Clean Energy Ministerial initiative, and is led by the US Department of Energy.