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2015-2016 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Fan Competition Overview

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The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (“Global LEAP”) Outstanding Off-Grid Appliance Awards (“Global LEAP Awards”) seeks to transform the global market for off-grid energy products by recognizing and rewarding the most energy-efficient, highest quality off-grid appliances. As an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial led by the U.S. Department of Energy, Global LEAP seeks to advance global clean energy access goals by harnessing the power of marketplace competition to drive technical and market innovations in the off-grid appliance sector.

The inaugural Global LEAP Awards fans competition (“Competition”) recognized high-quality, energy efficient, and affordable electric fans that are appropriate for use with off-grid energy systems. Fans are frequently in high demand in un- and under-electrified regions where distributed (“off-grid”) energy systems are used. However, fans present significant technical challenges to off-grid energy systems since their operation can be energy-intensive, and they can quickly deplete off-grid energy systems’ limited energy supply. By extending run times, leaving more electricity for other uses, and reducing energy supply costs, quality-assured, energy-efficient off-grid fans can optimize energy access benefits.

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