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.
Through a partnership between USAID’s Scaling Off-Grid Energy Grand Challenge for Development, the Department of Energy, Power Africa, DFID’s Ideas to Impact programme and the Global LEAP Awards, this $600,000 competition aims to increase the availability of off-grid energy refrigeration solutions.
GlobalLEAP are working to attract as many quality applicants in the off-grid energy market as possible before the competition’s submission deadline of January 20, 2017.