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Global LEAP Awards

An international competition that identifies the world's best, most energy-efficient off-grid appliances

High-quality, energy-efficient appliances are essential to the growth of off-grid energy markets – they create demand for off-grid energy while reducing energy costs. The Global LEAP Awards provide clear and actionable signals about the quality and energy performance of off-grid appliances.

The Global LEAP Awards identify winners and finalists through a combination of expert evaluation and energy- and cost-based quantitative assessments. All Global LEAP Awards winners and finalists undergo testing by accredited laboratories for their energy performance, quality, and reliability, and an evaluation by a panel of off-grid market experts.

Results-based financing

Global LEAP Awards results-based financing (Global LEAP-RBF) aims to catalyze the uptake of high quality super-efficient appliances by 1) Lowering the cost to procure large volumes of best-in-class off-grid appliances for early mover off-grid solar companies, and; 2) Facilitating new business partnerships for appliance suppliers that have invested in the production of high-quality off-grid appliances.

The first two rounds of Global LEAP-RBF took place between 2016 - 2018. The pilot round launched in Bangladesh in 2016, and expanded to East Africa in its second round in late 2017. To date, the Global LEAP-RBF has catalysed the procurement of over 230,000 best-in-class off-grid TVs, fans, and refrigerators across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Bangladesh.

2019-20 Global LEAP-RBF incentives are available for the procurement of best-in-class solar water pumps and off-grid refrigerators identified as Winners or Finalists of the 2019 Global LEAP Awards in the following regions:

  • Off-grid refrigerators: Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda
  • Solar water pumps: Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Senegal

Participate in the 2019 Global LEAP Awards