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Fans are one of the most overlooked, life-saving cooling solutions, but most fans on the market are too energy-intensive to pair with off-grid solar systems.

Bangladesh Fan Shop

Fans play an important and potentially life-saving role in many rural global communities as a cost-effective, low-energy cooling solution, preventing heat-related health conditions, and reducing mortality and morbidity during severe heat waves.

Fans are frequently in high demand among off-grid and weak-grid consumers in hot or humid climates. However, unlike on-grid markets, the majority of fans in the off-grid retail market are not marked with a declared energy performance value – fans can be energy-intensive and can quickly deplete off-grid energy systems’ limited energy supply. The lack of clear performance rating on the product package makes it difficult for distributed energy service companies and consumers to evaluate quality or energy consumption into purchasing decisions or make meaningful comparisons between products.

The Global LEAP Awards identify and recognize the world’s most energy-efficient, off- and weak-grid appropriate fans designed for use with off-grid solar energy systems. The competitions results provide market intelligence to encourage manufacturers and distributors to invest more heavily in high quality fans in the nascent market dominated by cheap generic products. Complementary programs – like innovation prizes and results-based financing – help scale the off-grid market for high quality products.

Past Competitions

The Global LEAP Awards administered the off-grid fan competitions in 2016 and 2017 to identify a pool of energy-efficient and best in class off-grid appropriate fans in the world. Winners and Finalists of the Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Fan competition were identified through a combination of testing by accredited laboratories for their energy performance, quality, and reliability, and an evaluation by a panel of off-grid market experts. The Global LEAP test method for off-grid fans heavily leverages on existing internationally-accepted test methods for fans, such as IEC. In some cases, the referenced methods are modified for off-grid appropriateness.

A complete of list of Winners and Finalists of both the 2016 and 2017 Global LEAP Off-Grid Fan Competitions – including product performance data and sales contact information – is available in the Global LEAP Off-Grid Fans Buyer’s Guides. Winners and Finalists were also eligible to participate in the Global LEAP Off-Grid Appliance Procurement Incentives program, which provided incentives to appliance manufacturers and off-grid solar distributors that partner to distribute large quantities of Global LEAP Awards winning and finalist products.

Resource Archive from past competitions.