Application invited for 2019 Global LEAP Awards Solar Water Pump Competition

Application invited for 2019 Global LEAP Awards Solar Water Pump Competition

Organization: Global Leap Award

Event Duration: 15 Sep. 2020 - 15 Sep. 2020

Apply By: 18 Jan 2020

Title: Application invited for 2019 Global LEAP Awards Solar Water Pump Competition


The Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (“Global LEAP”) Awards (“Global LEAP Awards” or “Competition”) seek to transform the global market for off-grid energy products by recognizing and rewarding the most energy-efficient, highest quality off-grid appliances. As an initiative of the Efficiency for Access Coalition, Global LEAP seeks to advance global clean energy access goals by harnessing the power of marketplace competition to drive technical and market innovations in the off-grid appliance sector.

Access to modern irrigation technologies has the potential to improve lives and livelihoods for nearly 500 million smallholder farmers worldwide who lack energy access. The use of SWPs on small scale farms has been shown to reduce labor burden and boost productivity, crop yields, and incomes of smallholder farmers. However, the market for solar water pumps in the developing world today remains nascent and fragmented. Scaling the commercial market for appropriately-designed, energy-efficient, cost effective solar water pumps is essential to advancing and unlocking life-changing modern irrigation services for underserved communities.

About the 2019 Global LEAP Awards Solar Water Pump Competition

The inaugural Global LEAP Awards Solar Water Pumps Competition will recognize high-quality, energy efficient, and affordable SWPs that are appropriate for use with off-grid energy systems such as standalone DC solar home systems and renewable mini- or micro-grids [AC or DC]. Further details about eligibility requirements, nomination procedures, the evaluation process, and benefits to participants are provided in these Terms and Conditions.  Nomination is free. The Efficiency for Access Coalition expects to be able to provide whole or partial support for product shipment and laboratory testing costs associated with the evaluation of nominated products for all participants.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Products eligible for the Competition must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Intended for smallhold farmer or individual household use;
  • Designed to operate at a depth anywhere from 0 meters (i.e. surface water) up to 150 meters (i.e. borehole);
  • Designed to either 1) irrigate up to 5 acres, or 2) move up to 60m3 per day;
  • Sold as a system that consists of a PV pump aggregate (pump, motor, and controller) at a minimum. Products that are sold with other system components (e.g., PV generator, cabling, hydraulic piping) are eligible, but the pump, motor, and controller will be the primary components evaluated as part of this Competition;

Quick Overview

Who is eligible to participate in the 2019 Global LEAP Off-Grid Solar Water Pump Competition?

All manufacturers, suppliers, product designers, or distributors of commercially available solar water pumps are eligible to participate.

What are the benefits of participating?

Winners and Finalists in the Competition will be featured in the 2019 Global LEAP Solar Water Pump Buyer’s Guide – the only third-party source of market intelligence about off-grid appliance quality and energy efficiency. Winners and Finalists will also be considered for investment by the Efficiency for Access Coalition Investor Network, which includes the most important impact investors in the energy access sector.

When do nominations open?

8 November 2018

When do nominations close?

18 January 2019

Who should I contact with additional questions?


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