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Appropriately-designed, highly energy-efficient appliance technologies are essential to accelerating global energy access efforts.

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Globally, 1.2 billion people live without access to electricity, and another billion have only unreliable access. These underserved communities living “beyond the grid” are typically among the world’s poorest and must rely on dangerous, polluting fuels like kerosene and diesel for daily energy needs.

Appropriately-designed, highly energy-efficient, cost-effective products and services are essential to delivering energy services at least cost, and to scaling and accelerating global energy access efforts. Efficient off-grid appliance technologies reduce total energy supply costs and maximize energy access, helping alleviate poverty and maximizing social and health benefits. However, many off-grid solar companies struggle to identify and source outstanding appliances or to find clear and timely paths to market.

Super-efficient appliances promise telecommunications, cooling, mechanization, and refrigeration, which equate to access to clean water, health care, and food production and transport. However, a great deal of technical progress and market development is needed.

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Our Model

Awards programs are a key entry point for new technologies in emerging markets. They use a competition-based approach to drive innovation and performance in early stage product markets, while also building valuable technical and commercial market infrastructure. Awards and prizes also provide a platform for follow-on and affiliated interventions that accelerate a given awards or prize program’s impacts.

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.

In 2013, the inaugural Global LEAP Awards identified best-in class off-grid televisions and LED lighting.

The Global LEAP Awards have held annual competitions, with industry engagement growing with each successive round. Each round of the Awards expanded to include additional off-grid products:

  • 2013-14: LED room lighting and TVs
  • 2015-16: TVs and fans
  • 2016-17: TVs, fans, and refrigerators
  • 2018-19: Refrigerators, solar water pumps, and the Off-grid Cold Chain Challenge, Solar E-Waste Challenge
  • 2020: Solar E-Waste Challenge, electric pressure cookers


The Global LEAP Awards is implemented through the Efficiency for Access Coalition and managed by CLASP, an international appliance energy efficiency and market development specialist not-for-profit organization.

Partner Ukaid

Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) promotes the interests of British citizens, safeguards the UK’s security and values, reduces poverty and tackles global challenges with international partners.

Partner Power Africa

Power Africa

Power Africa was launched in June 2013 as a market driven, public private initiative to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 600 million people lack access.



The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world’s premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results.