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Press release: 2015–16 Global LEAP Award Winners Announced at CEM7

The Clean Energy Ministerial has announced the Winners in the 2015–16 Global LEAP Awards, an international competition that identifies and promotes the world’s best, most energy-efficient off-grid appliances. This round of the Global LEAP Awards features competitions for televisions and fans that are designed for use with off-grid solar energy systems.
“Global LEAP Award winners are among the best-performing, most affordable off-grid appliances in the world,” said Rose Mutiso, one of the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP) initiative’s leaders. “Quality-assured, super-efficient appliances like these winners help to drive the global off-grid energy market and speed the delivery of clean, affordable modern energy services to millions of households living beyond the grid.”
All Global LEAP Awards Finalists have had their quality, durability, and energy performance evaluated according to international test laboratory best practice, and each finalist has been evaluated by a panel of off-grid market and technology experts.

Winners: 2015–16 Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-Grid Television Competition

  • Niwa – Solar LED TV 23.6″ (Large Television category)
  • d.light design – 18.5″ LED TV (Medium Television category)
  • Niwa – Solar LED TV 15.6″ (Small Television category)

Winners: 2015–16 Global LEAP Awards Outstanding Off-Grid Fan Competition

  • Metropolitan Electrical Appliance Mfg Co. – 48″ DC ceiling fan (ME-103DC) (Ceiling Fan category)
  • Niwa – ECO Air 16″ UP (Pedestal Fan category)
  • Niwa – ECO Air 16″ (Medium Table Fan category)
  • Niwa – ECO Air 9″ (Small Table Fan category)

Detailed information about all Global LEAP Awards Winners and Finalists – including product performance data and sales contact information – is available in the 2016 Global LEAP Awards Buyer’s Guide. For additional information, visit
Background: Globally, a total of 1.2 billion people live without adequate access to electricity, and another billion have less than four hours of reliable electricity each day. The vast majority of these off-grid communities are in developing Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and the people who live in them are frequently among the world’s poorest.
Appliances and the services they provide are in high demand in off-grid communities. This demand frequently inspires off-grid consumers to purchase small renewable energy systems, such as solar home systems, to run the appliances. These clean energy systems mitigate households’ needs for pre-modern, polluting energy sources such as kerosene, and provide significant health, environmental, and socioeconomic benefits.
High-quality, energy-efficient appliances optimize these benefits by extending run times, reducing energy costs, and improving the energy services available to off-grid consumers.
The purpose of the Global LEAP Awards is to provide clear signals about off-grid appliance quality, suitability, and performance, and to enable companies, investors, and policymakers to make faster, better-informed decisions regarding off-grid appliances.
This is the second round of the Global LEAP Awards. The first round was announced in 2014, and its Winners and Finalists have benefited from various business and promotional opportunities.
2015–16 Global LEAP Awards winners and finalists are eligible to participate in a new Global LEAP incentives program, which drives best-in-class products into key off-grid markets. This program incentivizes early-mover off-grid solar companies to procure and sell best-in-class Global LEAP Awards winner and finalist appliances, forging new business partnerships, driving and demonstrating market scale, and reducing risk across the supply chain. This program is supported by the Clean Energy Ministerial and by Energising Development.
The Global LEAP Awards is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership. The 2015-16 Global LEAP Awards are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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