Identifying the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid appliances
How We Scale Markets
Appropriately-designed, highly energy-efficient appliance technologies are essential to accelerating global energy access efforts. Awards programs are a key entry point for new technologies and trends in emerging markets.
The Global LEAP Awards is an international competition to identify and promote the world’s best off-grid appliances, accelerating market development and innovation.
This unique program has evolved into a trusted global brand that serves as the de facto source of accurate, actionable information about the quality and energy performance of off-grid appliances.
Awards and prizes also provide a platform for follow-on and affiliated interventions that accelerate a given awards or prize program’s impacts. Global LEAP results-based financing aims to catalyze the uptake of high quality, super-efficient appliances by lowering the cost to procure large volumes of best-in-class appliances for early mover off-grid solar companies, and facilitating new business partnerships for appliance suppliers that have invested in the production of high-quality off-grid appliances.
Impacts To Date
The Global LEAP Awards results-based financing facility has catalyzed the sale of more than 280,000 off-grid refrigerators, TVs, solar water pumps, and electric pressure cookers in seven countries, reaching more than 1,289,000 beneficiaries.
Competitions & Challenges
Solar E-Waste Challenge
A program to support innovations in off-grid solar e-waste management across sub-Saharan Africa.
Electric Pressure Cookers
Cooking is essential for human health and productivity, but the market for appropriately designed, energy efficient off-and weak-grid electric pressure cookers remains nascent.
Refrigeration is essential for human health and productivity, but the market for appropriate and efficient off-and weak-grid refrigerators remains nascent.
Solar Water Pumps
Solar water pumps can increase yields while reducing labor for farmers in developing countries who lack access to electricity, but commercial markets for these pumps are nascent.
Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge
Modern cold chain technology is crucial to developing local and international agriculture-based markets and improving economic outcomes and food security.
Off-grid televisions represent a major emerging commercial opportunity, but high upfront cost and low-quality products remain a barrier to an accelerated market development.
Explore Global LEAP Awards Publications
Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Cold Chain Follow-Up Report
The Global LEAP Off-Grid Cold Chain Challenge (OGCCC) was launched in August 2018 as part of the Ideas to Impact programme to fill information gaps about one component of the off-grid cold chain (cold storage) with the hopes of contributing to a larger discourse addressing off-grid cold chains designed to support smallholder farmers.
Global LEAP Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition (Round 1) Follow-up Report
The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition (Round 1) aimed to transform the global market for off-grid refrigerators by incentivising companies to nominate appliances to be tested in laboratory and field settings, and then to be benchmarked against one other. This follow-up review builds on the findings of the evaluation conducted by the innovation foundation Nesta to assess what happened to the Winners and Finalists of Round 1 of the Competition.
Use and Impact of Solar TVs
From 2018-2019, Efficiency for Access partnered with 60 Decibels to survey Global LEAP results-based financing customers in East Africa about their experiences with solar TVs. This analysis provides valuable insights into customers’ demographics, usage, and challenges with solar TVs.
Renewable Energy Systems
Global LEAP Awards Solar E-Waste Market Scoping Report
This Solar E-Waste Market Scoping Report outlines the current state of knowledge and activities on solar e-waste management in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as several barriers the Solar E-Waste Challenge should seek to address.
2019 Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide for Solar Water Pumps
The Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide is a catalog of the world’s best off-grid appliances. This edition contains information about solar water pumps that were named Winners and Finalists in the 2019 Global LEAP Awards.
2019 Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide for Outstanding Off-Grid Refrigerators
The Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide is a catalog of the world’s best off-grid appliances. This edition contains information about off-grid refrigerators that were named Winners and Finalists in the 2019 Global LEAP Awards.
2019 eceee Summer Study – Catalysing technology innovation in the off-grid market through appropriate product performance testing
This paper presents an analysis of the performance of off-grid refrigerators based on data generated via laboratory and field testing processes. The paper includes an introduction of an off-grid refrigerator performance testing methodology developed in support of the Global LEAP program.
State of Play and Innovations in Off-Grid Refrigeration Technology: Lessons Learned from Current Initiatives
The paper explores the role of innovation cash prizes in catalyzing technology innovation and market expansion of off-grid refrigeration, analyzing them through the lens of the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition. Key findings underscore the need for more data and field testing to better understand how refrigerators can maximize energy performance and meet customer expectations.