Global LEAP Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition: Through a partnership with the Department of Energy and Global LEAP Awards, this $600,000 competition aims to increase the availability of off-grid energy refrigeration solutions.



Refrigeration holds unique potential to unlock economic and social progress for the 600 million people living off the grid in sub-Saharan Africa. Refrigeration can prolong the nutritional value of food, diversify diets, enable income-generating activities, and reduce the time that households spend shopping or gathering food.

The marketplace for off-grid refrigeration is nascent, and refrigerators have yet to penetrate the off-grid market in sub-Saharan Africa in a significant way. To be viable in the off-grid market, refrigeration solutions must be significantly more efficient and lower cost than conventional products.  


To address these early market challenges, the Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development kicked off with the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (LEAP) Awards Off-Grid Refrigerator Competition. The Awards seek to catalyze new technological advancements and identify best-in-class commercially available off-grid refrigerators. By inspiring greater participation and innovation in the market,we hope to ultimately provide customers with greater access to affordable refrigeration technology that is compatible with off-grid energy sources. Our vision is to increase the availability of these high-demand products, and in turn increase demand for appropriate solar home systems.


The application window has closed. We encourage everyone to follow the results!

  •  Now: Join the conversation: Participate in the conversation by using the #PowerAfrica. Also, make sure to follow us on Twitter at @ScalingOffGrid and check out the Power Africa Facebook page.
  •  Spring 2017: See the finalists in action: Lab and field testing will take place in Spring 2017.
  •  August 2017: Celebrate our winners: We will announce the winners August 2017.

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