High-quality and efficient off-grid appliances have the ability to transform the lives of people living in under or un-electrified areas and play an essential role in developing the distributed clean energy market. Off-grid and weak-grid appropriate appliances provide households with access to essential cooling services, additional income-generating opportunities, and information and entertainment while creating consumer demand for decentralised energy solutions.
However, the off-grid appliance market remains nascent and disorganised. Most appliances that are currently available in off-grid retail markets draw too much power to be cost-effective and to be powered by SHSs. More importantly, little data or market intelligence exists to help market actors throughout the supply chain – including manufacturers, energy service companies, distributors, investors, policymakers, and consumers themselves – take smart action. The lack of appliance data and performance information inhibits the development of the global clean energy access market as a whole, and delays the delivery of modern energy services to the communities that need them most.
Equip Data, supported by the Good Energies Foundation and the Low-Energy Inclusive Programme, addresses these challenges by creating and sharing accurate and consistent product performance data through an interactive, user-friendly database.
The programme samples off-grid appliances from retail markets, distributors, and manufacturers; tests sampled products according to international best practices; shares the accumulated data; and works with policymakers, investors, companies and others to interpret and use the data.
Equip Data brings greater transparency and consistency to product performance and quality data, informing procurement decisions of appliance buyers, enabling policy development and investment, spurring market competition and design improvements.
Equip Data currently includes test data for TVs, fans, and refrigerators, and solar water pumps.
If you are interested in submitting a product for testing, please contact Equip Data.