Innovative procurement incentive program speeds the development of the off-grid appliance market
The appliances bundled and used with off-grid clean energy systems are essential to off-grid market growth and global sustainable development goals. To reach its full potential, the global off-grid clean energy market needs a complementary market of high-quality, highly energy-efficient off-grid appliances that satisfy consumer needs at the least possible cost.
But too many off-grid solar companies struggle to identify and source great off-grid appliances. Many appliance manufacturers do not know about the commercial opportunity presented by the off-grid market—and those that are aware often struggle to find clear and timely paths to market. The Global LEAP off-grid appliance procurement incentives program will address these challenges by providing incentives to early-mover off-grid solar companies that procure and sell best-in-class Global LEAP Awards Winner and Finalist appliances.
This reduces risk across the supply chain: early mover off-grid solar companies will be incentivized to buy and market best-in-class off-grid appliances, and manufacturers of great off-grid appliances will get a ready customer base.
The program’s first round took place in Bangladesh in Spring 2016, and led to the procurement and distribution of 12,000 quality-assured off-grid televisions. The second round of the program will continue in Bangladesh, and will include an expansion into East Africa, and will be launched by early 2017.
This program is funded by the US Department of Energy through the Clean Energy Ministerial, Power Africa, and by the Results Based Financing Facility through Energising Development (EnDev). EnDev is a partnership of donors (including the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, and Australia) that promotes sustainable access to modern energy services.
Information About the Program's First Round
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