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.