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Impacts

Efficient off-grid appliance technologies reduce energy supply costs and maximize energy access, alleviating poverty and maximizing social and health benefits.

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Industry Engagement

The Global LEAP Awards has seen consistent year-over-year increases in product nominations and company participation. The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards, which included competitions for off-grid televisions, fans, and the first-ever competition for off-grid refrigerators, received 128 nominations from 40 companies in 16 countries – nearly four times as many as the program’s inaugural round. This level of engagement shows that the Global LEAP Awards is attracting new entrants to the off-grid appliance market and encouraging existing players to expand the number of products they offer.

Donor & Partner Alignment

The Global LEAP Awards presents an ideal framework for collaboration among donors interested in this important part of the broader energy access sector. Since the program’s inaugural round, a variety of donors and partners have supported the Global LEAP Awards and affiliated activities:

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Technology Innovation

The rigorous performance testing process that underpins the Global LEAP Awards enables the program to incentivize technology and design innovation. The 2016-17 Global LEAP Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition included three innovation cash prizes of $200,000 each for products that demonstrated market-leading advancement in energy-efficiency, off-grid appropriateness, and overall value.

“The prizes were a major factor in our decision to participate in the Global LEAP Awards and improve our devices.”

David Bergeron, Founder and President, SunDanzer Refrigeration
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Market Scaling

The Global LEAP Awards provides a unique product quality assurance tool that strengthens affiliated efforts focused on scaling commercial markets for off-grid appliances. Previous rounds of the Global LEAP Awards served as an input to a unique results-based financing program supported by Energising Development. That program catalyzed the procurement and distribution of over 233,000 TVs, Fans & Refrigerators by 27 companies in five countries, including the first-ever wholesale procurement of off-grid refrigerators by leading PAYGO SHS companies.